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Wine list

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):

Sebastiani, 2010 Sonoma County Zinfandel, 14.5 percent, $17, A snappy zin with notes of black raspberry, blueberry and cracked black pepper. Long finish. Striking.

Gnarly Head, 2011 California Authentic White, 11.5 percent. $10. A bright and breezy summer white, with notes of apple, honeysuckle and lemon zest. Crisp, clean acidity, and a nice kick of spice.

McManis Family Vineyards, 2012 California Viognier, 13.5 percent, $11. A rich viognier with aromas and flavors of peach, honey and pear. Aromatic. Seamless texture. Nice length.

Shebang! North Coast Cuvee II White Wine, 13.7 percent, $12. A vibrant white wine with nice acid and layered flavors. Notes of peach, mineral and a hint of honey. Lingering finish.

Dry Creek Vineyards, 2012 Clarksburg Dry Chenin Blanc, 12.5, $12. A lively chenin blanc with great minerality. Notes of melon, white peach and apple. Citrusy finish. Lovely.

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.

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