Published: Monday, March 11, 2013 at 3:00 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, March 8, 2013 at 10:07 p.m.
Press Democrat wine writer Peg Melnik scopes out restaurant wine lists around the North Bay, looking for good value and the occasional splurge. This week's picks (prices are retail; restaurant markup varies):
Bokisch Vineyards, 2011 Terra Alta Vineyard, Clements Hills, Lodi, Albarino, 12.5 percent alcohol, $16. This aromatic white has an oily texture and has layered flavors of orange, pear and apple, with a hint of grapefruit. Finishes crisp and clean.
Kunde Family Estate, 2011 Sonoma Valley Sauvignon Blanc, 14.2 percent, $17. A tangy sauvignon blanc with notes of herbs, passion fruit, and grass. Lingering finish.
Rancho Zabaco, Sonoma Heritage Vines, 2011 Sonoma County Zinfandel, 14.9 percent, $18. A racy zin with notes of blackberry, huckleberry, chocolate and cracked black pepper. Well integrated. Nice length.
Long Meadow Ranch, 2012 Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc, 12.9 percent, $20. A floral and focused sauvignon blanc with notes of citrus, jasmine and guava. Bright, with refreshing acidity. A lively pick.
Cline, 2011 Sonoma Zinfandel, Sonoma County, 15 percent, $28. A snappy zin with notes of strawberry, spice and vanilla. Bright fruit meets bold spice. Zesty finish.
Want to share a current wine on your favorite restaurant's list? E-mail peg.melnik@ pressdemocrat.com or check out her Tasting Room blog at pressdemocrat.com.
All rights reserved. This copyrighted material may not be re-published without permission. Links are encouraged.