By Leah Bourne, The Vivant
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Acrobat Pinto Gris 2010, $12
Wine Spectator gave this wine 89 points (in other words its good, really good). This Oregon wine is light, refreshing, and chock full of flavors like melon and apricot. It pairs great with seafood and sushi.
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This Washington State Columbia Valley wine exhibits plummy black fruit, spice, and olive aromas, and a depth and lushness that is hard to believe considering its price. We suggest you stock up.
Dreaming Tree Everyday, $15
This wine is blended from aromatic varietals from vineyards of Monterey County. The perfect sipping wine, Dreaming Tree Everyday is the ultimate crowd pleaser.
Vina Eguia Reserva 2007, $20
This wine was aged 24 months in oak (pretty unbelievable considering its price). Along with the strong oak influence you'll get vanilla aromas and notes of black cherry, spice, and licorice, from this wine. This wine is truly one of the best values around.
Hugel Pinot Blanc Cuvee Les Amours 2009, $16
This crisp and bright Pinot Blanc includes delicate aromas of cantaloupe, watermelon, and pear. Notes of honeysuckle, honeydew, citrus, and watermelon are followed with toasted nuts and a dry finish. Another total crowd pleaser, and the price can't be beat.
Chateau Poitevin 2009, $17
This Bordeaux blend confident, but with a soft finish. Considering its complexity, its price is pretty hard to believe. Perfect for sipping solo.
Domaines Schlumberger Pinot Gris Les Princes Abbes, Alsace 2010, $17
This wine came in on Wine Spectator's Top 100 of 2012. Silky in texture, with a core of smoky minerality that pushes through on the lasting finish. We love the notes of peach, pear, and guava.
Thorny Rose Cabernet Sauvignon 2009, $10
This is a Columbia Valley wine from Washington State is primarily cabernet sauvignon (83 percent), with a blend of merlot (14 percent) and syrah (3 percent). There's plenty of body, and the price is an extraordinary value.
Santa Rita, Gran Hacienda Reserva, Casablanca Valley, $11
Engaging aromas of minerals, tomato leaf, and lemon zest, this bright wine is very good. Perfect for pairing with a range of different foods.
Whispering Angel Rose Provence 2012, $19
The perfect summer wine, its rock star quality is its acidity, which makes your mouth literally water as it rushes over the tongue. With notes of strawberry Starburst and rhubarb, this wine is perfect for drinking an afternoon away.