De Bortoli Windy Peak Pinot Noir 2010, Yarra Valley, Victoria, Australia $17.95 (48587)
This is a great light summer sipper from a very established producer Down Under. A great deal too. Like the Beatles eating Chinese food with a little help from their friends. It’s got a friendly warm color, smells sweet, and finishes sour. Do you need anybody…. or any Pinot? This is somebody you’ll love….. with some lamb sausages.
Château Val Joanis Tradition Syrah Rosé 2011, Ac Luberon, Rhone France, $14.95 (707281)
This is perfect to sip on a hot day with some good friends. Like Nicole Kidman eating a fruit salad while reading about Tom Cruise’s recent troubles. It’s powder pale, kinda pretty, smells like apple and cantaloupe and will put a large smile on your face. One bottle will certainly not be enough.
Canonica A Cerreto Sandiavolo 2006, Igt Toscana, Tuscany, Italy $24.95 (270256)
And finally, after my “research” trip to Italy, I had to throw one of these on the buy list. A really nice Super Tuscan from the bottom of the Chianti Classico region. Sangiovese, Merlot and Cabernet in this one. Like Ben Johnson in 1988. Its brooding, powerful and dense, and it’ll disappear so fast in your glass, you’ll know you’ve been cheated. Decant it and serve it with steak Florentine.