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):
Longboard Vineyards, 2012 Sonoma County, Russian River Valley Sauvignon Blanc, 13.5 percent alcohol, $20. A tangy sauvignon blanc with bright fruit. Notes of grapefruit, grass and a hint of jalape?. Has lively minerality. Refreshing.
Trione, 2012 River Road Ranch, Russian River Valley, Sonoma County Sauvignon Blanc,14.0, $23. Aromas and flavors of grapefruit, melon and spice. Bright and citrusy, with an undercurrent of spice. Tasty.
Enkidu, 2009 Napa Valley Petite Sirah, 14.9 percent, $38. A rustic petite sirah with bold flavors. Notes of blackberry, cassis and spice. Complex and layered, but most of all edgy.
La Follette, 2011 Sangiacomo Vineyard, Sonoma County Pinot Noir, 12.9 percent, $40. A lovely pinot with bright fruit flavors — cherry, cranberry and currant. Complex and elegant. Bravo.
Paraduxx, 2010 Z Blend Red Wine,14.6 percent, $48. A powerhouse with deep aromas and flavors. A terrific blend of cabernet and zinfandel, this wine has structure and sass. Full-bodied, with layered notes of herbs and spice. Striking.