2007 Château Latrézotte Le Sauternes de ma Fille

Provenance: Barsac, France

Available at: Provisions Gourmet Market, 11615 Olive Blvd., Creve Coeur, provisionsmarket.com; $16.99

Pairings: Roquefort • Foie gras • Caramel-apple tart

From the famed portfolio of Bernard Magrez, this Sauternes is made from 99 percent Sémillon; its lightness pairing well with both sweet and savory dishes. This wine stirs up aromas and flavors of honey, peaches and apples.

Gaston Chiquet Brut Tradition NV

Provenance: Champagne, France

Available at: The Wine Merchant, 20 S. Hanley Road, Clayton, winemerchantltd.com; $46.99

Pairings: Potato chips, french fries and popcorn • Quiche Lorraine • Lobster

Grower's Champagne, aka "farmer's fizz," is sparkling wine produced by the estate that owns the vineyards. This blend of Pinot Meunier, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir is smooth and elegant. With a nose of dried apricots and rising dough, the finish is refreshingly fruity.

2006 RioFava Barolo

Provenance: Piedmont, Italy

Available at: Robust, 227 W. Lockwood Ave., Webster Groves, robustwinebar.com; $29.50

Pairings: Parmesan cheese • Pasta Bolognese • Braised venison

Considered one of Italy's greatest wines, Barolo shows best after five years or more of aging. The tannins soften and make way for a full, complex wine that continues to excite with every swirl of your glass, revealing aromas of rose and plum. A mouth of chocolate and earth, with remarkably surprising bright cherry notes in the finish.

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