Bleasdale “Franks Potts Red” – This 89% Cab blend from the Land Down Under is rich and big and lush but still hangs together far better than you’d expect of an Aussie CS.
Bodegas Benegas “Libertad Red” – With 35% each of Cabernet Sauvignon and Franc (the latter from 100+-year-old vines) and the rest Merlot, this gorgeous Argentinean red is everything you’d hope for in a Bordeaux-style blend as realized in South America. Great price, too.
Frank Phelan St.-Estephe -Rich currant fruit and judicious oak combine to make this second-label wine a standout.
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Nicolas Feuillatte Palmes d’Or Champagne – Is this cheap? Certainly not. But is it a crazy good deal on a bottle of bubbly that’s nearly 15 years old and usually retails for approximately twice that? Mais oui!
Selbach Oster Zeltinger Sonnenuhr Riesling Kabinett – From one of the greats of the Mosel, this Kabinett is ready to drink right now. Good thing, too: Its summertime stone fruits and zippy acidity are impossible to resist.
d’Arenberg Roussanne “The Monkey Spider” – d’Arenberg produces some of the most dangerously drinkable white Rhone-style wines Down Under, and this one. A perfect pick-me-up.
Castello di Camigliano Rosso di Montalcino – Easy-drinking both on its own or with a big bowl of pasta and gravy, this is exactly what makes good Rosso so charming and such a good value.