Finca de Arantei 2006 Albariño, Rias Baixas. From the sweet-spot of Spains Albariño production in the northwest of the country comes this crisp, gently melon-y white that will work with anything from softshell crab to simple chicken dishes. And even after all these years, good Albariño is still astoundingly affordable.
D’Arenberg 2007 Viognier “The Last Ditch,” Adelaide Hills. This one finds its center of gravity on the richer end of the viognier spectrum than the Rolf Binder. It’s a barrel- fermented, Creamsicle-rich wine that you don’t want to chill down too much. Just pull it from the cellar, screw open the cap, and call it a night. You won’t want to leave the couch once you start sipping.
Domaine du Cayron 2007 Gigondas. $31.99 may seem like a lot to pay for a Southern Rhone bottling that’s not Chateauneuf-du-Pape (although those tend to be far more these days…), but this one, from the stellar ’07 vintage, is worth it and then some. Its rich fruit makes it excellent on its own, and its Mediterranean-y spiciness scream out for food.
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