2005 Orsay Côtes-du-Rhône Blanc Les Figuières ($15)
Made by top Rhône consultant Jean-Luc Colombo, this lush and somewhat tropical white Rhône has an excellent balancing acidity. It is the house white wine at Orsay, a chic restaurant on New York’s Upper East Side.
2006 Cuvée Daniel Au Bon Climat Chardonnay ($17)
Though it’s the house wine of a famous French restaurant, New York City’s Daniel, this big, opulent Chardonnay has a decidedly American style. Restaurant wine director Daniel Johnnes helped in its creation.
2005 III Somms Amitié ($22)
This easy-drinking Cabernet Franc–dominant blend from Napa, served at Jean Georges in New York, has notes of bright fruit and soft tannins. It’s made by the Jean Georges wine director, Bernie Sun, and two of his friends.