Waters Cappella 2009
Provenance: Walla Walla Valley, Wash.
Available at: Lukas Liquor Superstore, 15921 Manchester Road, Ellisville, lukasliquorstl.com; $39.99
Pairings: Filet mignon • Halibut • Chicken piperade
Inspired by the winemaker's love of the famous Cheval Blanc of Bordeaux, this combination of Cabernet Franc and Merlot puts a fruit-forward spin on an Old World blend known for its herbaceous earthiness. Undertones of chocolate and leather provide subtle richness, and perfectly integrated tannins create an elegance unmatched by most other Washington state reds.
Quivira Sauvignon Blanc 2010
Provenance: Dry Creek Valley, Calif.
Available at: 33 Wine Shop & Tasting Bar, 1913 Park Ave., Lafayette Square, 33wine.com; $19.99
Pairings: Goat cheese tarts • Ahi salad • Pesto chicken
Spring will be here before we know it, and a bounty of fresh greens will follow suit. The vibrant fruit and crisp acidity of Sauvignon Blanc are the ideal match for the season's vegetables and herbs. Fig and date notes on the palate are balanced by a mouthwatering citrus zest finish. A slight touch of oak fills out the wine and makes it a great fit for richer seafood dishes as well.
Vinchio Vaglio Serra Valamasca Moscato d'Asti
Provenance: Piedmont, Italy
Available at: Bottle Cellars, 6039 Telegraph Road, South County, bottlecellars.com; $13.99
Pairings: Triple-crème cheeses • Fresh fruit • Hazelnut desserts
Moscato has been making a huge comeback in the last year. Finding the perfect balance of bubbles and sugar is essential when selecting a bottle. This delicately sweet choice from northwest Italy is full of tantalizing aromas of peaches and lush notes of honeysuckle. It works well as an aperitif or post-meal dessert sipper.
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