This crisp, lively white wine is an easy dinner sipper at $13

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As the vacations method and we entertain extra, I search for wines that aren’t the same-old but received’t pressure the pockets. Listed here are three, together with a quaffable white from Gascony and two high-altitude wines from northern Italy constituted of less-familiar grape varieties.

La Marina Cuvée Océane 2022

(2 stars)

Côtes de Gascogne, France, $13

Vivid and tart, with flavors of quince and inexperienced apple, that is an easy-drinking white for sipping earlier than dinner or with entree salads. Alcohol by quantity: 11.5 p.c. Bottle weight: 405 grams (Mild).

Imported and distributed domestically by Elite Wines.

Putzenhof Bozner Leiten 2019

(3 stars)

Südtirol Alto Adige, Italy, $19

What a pleasant wine! Vivid cherry and cranberry flavors, with hints of anise, lavender and sage; it’s laborious to check this wine to another, which makes it all of the extra noteworthy. Maybe that’s as a result of the grapes — schiava and lagrein — are usually not quite common. It is a nice wine for oenogeeks or simply curious drinkers who wish to discover high-altitude wines made with obscure grape varieties. ABV: 13 p.c. BW: 550 grams (Common).

Imported by DeGrazia Imports. Distributed domestically by Salveto.

Villa Corniole Müller Thurgau Valle di Cembra 2020

(3.5 stars)

Right here’s a high-altitude white – racy acidity with flavors of peach and apricot. This wine improves over time, turning into extra advanced and intriguing on the second day. I counsel decanting it for a couple of hours earlier than dinner after which difficult your visitors to determine the wine — not less than, in case you don’t thoughts being “that man.” A decanter could also be simpler to pour from than the heavy bottle. ABV: 12.5 p.c. BW: 740 grams (Heavy)

Imported and distributed by Extensive Roots.

Costs are approximate. For availability, test, and the web sites and social media feeds of the wineries, importers, distributors, and your favourite native wine retailer. You too can ask your native retailer to order wines from the distributors listed. Have wine questions for Dave McIntyre? Ship them to [email protected].

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