ISRAELI RED

When you think great wine, Israel likely doesn't come top of mind, but think about it...what an amazingly perfect climate for grapes, and yes, the wine is just as amazing! Judean Hills is one of my favorites and relatively easy to find. L'Chaim!

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BOLD BEAUJOLAIS

If you've never tried Beaujolais and want something perfect for those fall stews and earthy flavors, Moulin-A-Vent is the way to go. This one is aged in oak for a more matured taste, so if you like that, maybe even go for the 2014. Most shops carry for about $15 a bottle.

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BLACK OPAL

If you cannot do a white with your late summer barbecue and want to get ready for fall. Try this Australian Shiraz. It perfectly pairs with smoky dishes!

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VALPOLICELLA

A little more pricey than the usual Chianti, but this 2017 Valplicella from Verona was worth it with a spicy arrabbiata. Romeo and Juliet drank well!

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SURPRISING CHARDONNAY

Leave is to the French to make a Chardonnay that I actually like. Normally Chards are too buttery for me, but this Les Charmes is rich but crisp and the hints of lemon make it perfect with a fish dinner.

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JUST DRINK IT

If you can find it, this South African red is perfect for sipping in front of a crackling fire or after a long day at work. Smoky, spicy with black cherry and plum flavors, it's one of my all-time faves!

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SUMMER WHITES

Nothing like a chilled Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio on a hot summer day. Any New Zealand SB will do but my late Italian father had a soft spot for Santa Margherita PG. Try either with steamed clams.

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