Wine List: This week's wine picks

  • Buena Vista Winery grapes.

Press Democrat wine writer Peg Melnik scopes out wine lists around the North Bay, looking for good value and the occasional splurge. This week's picks (prices are retail; restaurant markup varies):

<b>La Marca,</b> NV Prosecco, Italy, 11 percent alcohol, $17. A lively bubbly with layered flavors of white peach, honeysuckle and apple. A great value and a festive way to begin the evening.

<b>Incognito,</b> 2010 Lodi, California Red Blend, 14.5 percent, $18. This is an irresistible red with rustic appeal. It has bright red fruit and a great undercurrent of spice. Striking.

<b>Enotria,</b> 2010 Mendocino County Barbera, 14.5 percent, $18. It doesn't get any better for barbera than this. Feisty red fruit, smoky, meaty, with a crisp finish.

<b>Chandon,</b> NV California Ros? 13 percent, $18. A tasty sparkler with bright red fruit — strawberry and cherry — that's buoyed by great acidity. Nice mousse.

<b>Bella,</b> 2010 Rocky Ridge Vineyard, Rockpile Zinfandel, 14.3 percent, $45. A knockout zin with concentrated fruit. Notes of blackberry, cassis, plum and cracked black pepper. Ripe tannins. Lingering finish. Seamless.

<i>Want to share a current wine on your favorite restaurant's list? Email peg.melnik@ pressdemocrat.com or check out her Tasting Room blog at pressdemocrat.com.</i>

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