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FEUDO MACCARI

Nero d’Avola 2017

(Sicily, Italy) $17

This may be the most fun and delicious $18 red you’ll ever buy. Super soft; juicy; lots of blackberries, mushrooms, and spicy/peppery flavors. Nero d’Avola is a leading grape in Sicily.

90 points KM

Available at Mr. D

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J. HOFSTÄTTER

Pinot Grigio 2019

(Dolomiti, Trentino-Alto Adige/Südtirol, Italy) $21

Trentino-Alto Adige is one of the places to go looking for really good pinot grigio with character. The Hofstätter is lightly creamy with vanilla and citrus flavors.

89 points KM

Available at Vivino.com

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VIETTI

Moscato d’Asti 2019

(Piedmont, Italy) $17

It’s rare we get to write a sentence with the word “bed” in it—but here it is: the perfect wine to drink while lounging around in bed on a Sunday morning. As super delicious as a fresh fruit salad and very low in alcohol (5%).

89 points KM

Available at The Winery NYC

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ANTINORI

“Villa Antinori” Sangiovese 2013

(Chianti Classico, Tuscany, Italy) $14

Antinori built its name on delicious dependability… and it’s been totally reliable for the last 40 years. Nice tar-roses-salty quality here, and good length on the palate. Fresh and pretty.

92 points KM

Available at K&L Wine Merchants

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TASCA d’ALMERITA

 “Mozia" Grillo 2019

(Sicily, Italy) $22

Full of delicious personality, Mozia (made from grillo grapes) is a fantastic white wine from the tiny island of Mozia just off the Sicilian coast. Sea spray freshness, snappy crispness, and a core of creamy peachiness.

90 points KM

Available at Mad Wine

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MAISON RAYMOND

 “En Mémoire du Malbec” 2019

(Bordeaux, France) $14

Malbec, an ancient Bordeaux variety, is making a comeback in its home. This wine is sleek and delicious with spice, blueberry and espresso notes, and a solid core of fruit. Steak please. 

90 points KM

Available at OrganicWineAtHome.com

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CHÂTEAU FREYNELLE

Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

(Bordeaux, France) $20

A spicy, fruit-forward, fresh-tasting cabernet sauvignon with loads of classic cassis flavors. Terrific cabernet at this price is almost
unheard of.

90 points KM

Available at Saratoga Wine Exchange

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CHÂTEAU PEYBONHOMME-LES-TOURS

“Energies” 2018

(Blaye Côtes de Bordeaux, France) $25

Merlot and malbec shine together in this fruit-forward juicy wine that’s vibrant and has a core of rich fruit. Structured but soft. Aged in clay amphora rather than barrels.

90 points KM

Available at Astor Wines & Spirits

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ROTARI

"Platinum Label" Brut 2014

(Trento, Italy) $20

Got some orange juice? This simple citrusy Italian sparkler is great for making “Good Morning” mimosas.

87 points KM

Available at Traino's Wine

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MAS CANDĺ

Corpinnat Brut Nature 2017

(Penedès, Spain) $19

Corpinnats are Spanish sparklers that are made according to stricter standards than most Cavas. Mas Candi’s is bone dry, fresh, minerally and has a good lime skin bitterness. And how perfect for Valentine’s Day is a wine that sounds like “more candy?”

89 points KM

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DOMAINE CHANDON

Brut NV

(USA) $24

Creamy, gingery and light. An unfussy sparkler for new romances or “Gal-entine” celebrations. Tasty on its own and perfect for kirs.

89 points KM

Available at Wine.com

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KEUSH

"Origins" Brut NV

(Vayots Dzor, Armenia) $22

Armenia—the oldest wine drinking culture—also has an exciting small modern wine industry. Keush is a terrific example. Fresh and minerally, the [sparkling?] wine comes from high elevation volcanic and limestone soils. Plus it’s a great opportunity to taste two little-known grape varieties: voskehat and khatouni.

89 points KM

Available at Vivino.com