Bodegas Atalaya Laya 2010

Provenance: Castilla-La Mancha, Spain

Available at: Straub’s Markets, multiple locations, straubs.com; $7.99

Pairings: Meatloaf • Grilled vegetables • Smoked meats

A familiar blend of 70 percent Garnacha and 30 percent Monastrell, this Spanish red is full of ripe red fruit and floral notes, with sweet herbs in the finish. While smooth and silky enough to be sipped alone, this wine is also sufficiently complex and structured to be enjoyed with hearty meals. It’s a nice complement to grilled meats with spice rubs and slight charring.


Pisoni Vineyards Lucy Rosé of Pinot Noir 2011

Provenance: Santa Lucia Highlands, Calif.

Available at: The Vino Gallery, 4701 McPherson Ave., Central West End, thevinogallery.com; $19.99

Pairings: Grilled kabobs • Salmon

The cooler climate of central California contributes heavily to this stunning rosé of Pinot Noir, which flaunts a complex balance of juicy flavors and enchanting aromas of ripe red berries and watermelon. The combination of neutral oak and stainless steel fermentation allows for brisk, mouthwatering acidity and soft yet lush texture. As a summer sipper, celebration starter or picnic pairing, this wine is versatile and compelling.


Val de Mer Petit Chablis 2010

Provenance: Chablis, France

Available at: St. Louis Wine Market & Tasting Room, 164 Chesterfield Commons E., Chesterfield, stlwinemarket.com; $22

Pairings: Grilled fish • Vegetable risotto • Quiche

Fresh and clean with balanced acidity, this is a straightforward expression of Chardonnay from winemaker Patrick Piuze. This white from the famed Chablis region is approachable and suitable for both the novice and the seasoned wine drinker. Slightly tart notes of apple and lemon keep your palate invigorated and leave the door open for a variety of food-pairing possibilities.


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