2006 Slipstream Grenache ($18)
Grenache is hot in Australia right now. This bottle is a good introduction; for the pinnacle, buy the 2006 Torbreck Les Amis ($180).
2006 Allegrini Palazzo della Torre ($21)
Search out the version with the label that talks to you (touch it, and Marilisa Allegrini's recorded voice describes the wine). It's bizarre, but fun.
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2009 Keller Estate Oro de Plata Chardonnay ($32)
The unoaked Chardonnay trend keeps accelerating, a boon for anyone tired of big, buttery, superrich whites.