2007 Cono Sur Pinot Noir ($10)
A noteworthy Pinot Noir for $10 or less is a rarity, but Chilean winery Cono Sur has certainly produced one here. Light-bodied and refreshing, its berry fruit is complemented by a faint tobacco-leaf note.
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2007 Teruzzi & Puthod Rondolino Vernaccia di San Gimignano ($13)
Vernaccia’s food-friendliness has a lengthy history—Dante even mentioned it in his Divine Comedy as an excellent companion to eels. This bottling from Tuscan producer Teruzzi & Puthod is a fine example, with crisp melony fruit and a delicately earthy finish.
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2007 La Posta Cocina Blend ($15)
Grapes from three high-altitude Argentine vineyards go into this fragrant, approachable blend of Malbec, Bonarda and Syrah. Full of sweet berry fruit with a light herbal edge, this red is a great match for anything from roast chicken to venison stew.