Like most great Sonoma wines, Hanzell's aren't cheap—but its Sebella bottling offers a satisfying taste of the producer's beautifully balanced, Burgundian style at around half the cost of the producer's flagship Chardonnay.
Fleury's Fleur de L'Europe is an entry-level Champagne that tastes a lot like a lovingly-aged vintage bottling.
This single-vineyard bottling is lushly textured, with the kind of salty-slatey mineral flavors that usually show up only in leaner wines.
It's no secret that great Sauvignon Blanc comes from Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé, which means that those wines are usually pricey. Fortunately, nearby regions like Cheverny produce similar bottlings that can be had for much less money.
Italy's Piedmont region is known for complex Nebbiolo and juicy Dolcetto, but this bottling makes a strong case for the obscure Ruché grape.
If you're looking for an entry point to Italy's more-than-2,000 under-the-radar native grapes, Fiano is among the best.
If your resolution is to find a delicious wine in a tricky category, consider this white from France’s Rhône Valley.
Raventós i Blanc's sparkling rosé has a fresh raspberry nose and a floral palate that suggests a very well-made, strawberry-inflected rose soda.
Wine people disagree with each other on many things, but red Rioja from R. López de Heredia isn't one of them.
High-acid whites are, of course, appealing in warm weather. But many of them, specifically those from cool climates, are ideal with winter dishes.