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):
Tablas Creek Vineyard, 2011 Patelin de Tablas Blanc, 13.5 percent alcohol, $24. A very tasty white, with notes of honeydew, peaches and cream. Rich texture. Lingering finish.
Seghesio Cortina, 2009 Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel, 15 percent, $38. A snappy zin with a great concentration of fruit. Aromas and flavors of blackberry, black cherry, herbs and spice. Caramel finish.
Iron Horse, 2008 Wedding Cuvee, Green Valley of Russian River Valley Sparkling Wine, 13.5 percent, $38. This is a popular sparkler with tasty notes of strawberries and cream. Great acidity. Nice mousse.
Paul Hobbs, 2010 Richard Dinner Vineyard, Sonoma Mountain Chardonnay, 14.2 percent, $65. A delicious chardonnay with aromas and flavors of cr?e brulee, peach, apple and spice. Refreshing minerality. Nice length.