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Wine list

PEG MELNIK,

THE PRESS DEMOCRAT

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>Las Rocas, 2013 Rose Calatayud, Spain,</b> 13.4 percent alcohol, $14. A full-bodied, fruit forward rose with crisp finish. Bright red high-toned fruit and a hint of spice. Delicious.

<b>Dry Creek Vineyard, 2013 Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County Sauvignon Blanc,</b> 14.1 percent, $14. A striking sauvignon blanc that's grassy and citrusy, with great minerality. Crisp finish.

<b>Wente, 2011 Sandstone, Livermore Valley, San Francisco Bay Merlot,</b> 13.5 percent. $18. This is a tasty merlot with aromas and flavors raspberry, plum and subtle spice. Well-integrated. Nice length.

<b>VML, 2013 Russian River Valley Gewurztraminer,</b> $23. Tropical fruit meets exotic spices. Notes of white flowers and vanilla. Manages to keep its balance with its bright citrus notes.

<b>J. Lohr "Gesture" Paso Robles Viognier,</b> 14.5 percent, $25. Floral, with tropical fruit and a lush texture. Bright and lively. Crisp and clean.

<i>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.</i>