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):
Monte Volpe, 2010 Tocai Friulano, Mendocino, 13.5 percent alcohol, $15. A tasty wine with notes of pineapple, grapefruit and honeysuckle. Lush texture. Rich finish.
Handley, 2011 Anderson Valley Gewurztraminer, 13.5 percent, $18. A striking gewurztraminer with refreshing notes of honeysuckle, guava and orange blossom. Nice balance. Dry finish.
Sebastiani, 2008 Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon, 13.5 percent, $36. A tasty cab with depth. Notes of black cherry, leather and mocha. Nice length.
Honig, 2009 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, 14.5 percent, $45. A very complex cab with a range of flavors. Notes of black cherry, cassis and anise. Ripe tannins. Long finish.
Elu, 2009 Napa Valley Red Wine from St. Supery, 14.8 percent, $65. A complex red with layered flavors. Notes of cherry, cedar and mocha. Integrated tannins. Lingering finish.