2010 Tablas Creek Patelin de Tablas
It’s smoky, Syrah-based and from an acclaimed producer—yet on the right side of $20.
Pairing: Sausage-and-Pepper Heros
2010 Beckmen Vineyards Santa Ynez Valley Estate Sauvignon Blanc
Juicy ruby-red grapefruit flavors mark this wine from one of the Central Coast’s top producers.
Pairing: Grilled Miso Shrimp
2010 Ponzi Vineyards Pinot Gris
Ponzi, one of Oregon’s most respected wineries, makes textbook Pinot Gris. That means fresh nectarine and white peach flavors and zesty acidity.
Pairing: Tofu-and-Vegetable Tacos with Eggplant-Ancho Spread
2010 d'Arenberg The Stump Jump Grenache-Shiraz-Mourvèdre
Named for a 19th-century plow invented in South Australia, this fresh wine is berry-driven.
Pairing: Gouda Burgers with Grilled Onions and Pickled Peppers
2011 Domaine le Garrigon Côtes-du-Rhône
Importer Wineberry packages several of its wines in attractive wooden boxes, among them this meaty, spicy, Grenache-based red from the Rhône valley.
Pairing: Grilled Glazed Salmon
NV Pepperwood Grove The Big Green Box
People who like big, dense California Chardonnays will love this one for its caramel-vanilla notes and superrich texture.
Pairing: Creamy Oyster Stew with Fennel and Brown Bread Toasts
2009 Villa Maria Cellar Selection Pinot Noir
From vineyards in the Wairau and Awatere valleys, this displays lively berry, savory herb and cedar notes.
Pairing: Buttermilk Chicken with Crispy Cornflakes
2010 Bota Box Chardonnay
This lightly oaked, appley Chardonnay from California comes in boxes made from recycled cardboard printed with eco- friendly soy inks.
Pairing: Crab Rolls with Lemon Aioli
2010 Wineberry Château du Chatelard Bourgogne Blanc
It's unusual to find good white Burgundy in a box (much less a cool wooden box). This sleek white justifies its higher price.
Pairing: Octopus Salad with Potatoes and Green Beans
2009 Andrew Rich Prelude Pinot Noir
Andrew Rich makes this fragrant, silky Pinot at the Carlton Winemakers Studio, a LEED-certified co-op winery that currently houses 11 different boutique producers.
Pairing: Focaccia Reubens