Five garden wines $25 and under

These delicious wines make a day of gardening all the more rewarding.|

If you’re gardening in Sonoma County, you need three tools: pruning shears, a hoe and a corkscrew. The corkscrew is the most invaluable.

Gardening is hard work and, this being Wine Country, it calls for a hoe in one hand and a glass of wine in the other. Here are some wines for you to sip while you tame the wilds of your backyard.

Medlock Ames, 2015 Alexander Valley, Sonoma County Bell Mountain Estate Rosé, 13.9%, $25. This rosé has a lush texture, but its crisp acidity keeps it in check. Refreshing notes of citrus and cranberry. Great minerality. It all works. Lovely.

Fidelity, 2013 Railyard, Alexander Valley Zinfandel, 14.6%, $19. A tasty zin with snappy spice. It’s weighted to black fruit, with just a hint of high-toned red fruit in the mix. Brambly. Lingering finish. A steal.

Lazy Creek Vineyards, 2014 Anderson Valley Gewürztraminer, 14.2%, $22. A pretty gewürztraminer with aromas and flavors of nectarine and peach, coupled with mineral and spice, a hint of honeysuckle.

Kenwood Vineyards, 2014 Sonoma County Sauvignon Blanc, 13.5%, $12. There’s a lot going on in this sauvignon blanc, which gives it great appeal, particularly for the price. It has notes of grass, nectarine and mineral, coupled with crisp acidity. Clean finish.

Bieler Pere et Fils ‘Sabine’ Rosé Coteaux d’ Aix en Provence, France, 13%, $12. An approachable rosé with notes of cherry, peach and mineral. Light and lively. Delicate, but not overly so. A steal for the quality.

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