Bergerac Rouge, Chateau le Payral 2019 (Bergerac, France) $17 Biodynamic. 50% Merlot, 25% Cab Franc, 25% Cab Sauv. A great pick for the Merlot lover. Earthy palate with lots of deep dark fruit. Rustic, warm, and easy. Perfect for pork chops or grilled mushrooms.
Beaujolais Villages "La Ronze", Frederic Sornin 2018 (France) $17 Our go-to Bojo that represents one of the best values in a region known for great values. This is Gamay from a single 60 year old parcel on the border of Morgon and Regnie grown without chemicals and made all in concrete with really low sulfur. Dark red fruit with crushed flowers and spice and a lipsmacking finish that lends itself to a little chill, but can go either way.
Salento Rosso "Il Pioniere", Natalino Del Prete 2020 (Puglia, Italy) $20 Organic, old school Salice Salentino from a beloved third generation vintner. Old vine 85% Negroamaro and 15% Malvasia Nera. Wild yeasts and no added sulfur. Medium-full and rustic, with deep black plummy fruits, licoricey spice, and cigar box. Perfect for burgers, lasagna, or whatever's coming off the grill.
Valpolicella Classico, Viviani 2018 (Veneto, Italy) $18 70% Corvina and 30% Rondinella from vines between 10-80 years old. Deep black cherry, red plum and spicy wet earth on the nose. Super concentrated sour cherry and almond on the palate. Juicy tannins and delicate acidity. Killer food wine--try it with sausage risotto.
Cotes de Millau, Seigneurs de Peyreviel 2018 $11 (Southwest, France) 50% Syrah, 30% Gamay, 15% Cab Sauv, 5% Fer Servadou. Rustic and earthy, with leather, barnyard, blackberry, and red currant. Organic.
Costieres des Nimes Rouge, Maz Caz 2018 (Rhone, France) $17 Organic Syrah, Grenache and Mourvèdre from New York winemaker Michele D'Aprix. Medium-bodied, bright, and dry, with rasperry and cola nut. Super soft tannins and a long finish. The perfect glass of wine to unwind with at the end of the day.