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Five wines to drink right now

It’s the yin yang season when we toggle between the warm days of summer and the cool chill of fall. Do we uncork a red or a white?

It’s a day by day decision. The only thing that’s certain is our desire for a tasty wine. Here are five under $20 that will wow you.

Kaiken, 2015 Salta Argentina Torrontes, 13.5%, $12. This lovely white has notes of tropical fruit, mineral and a hint of peach. A steal for the price.

Bogle, 2013 California Pinot Noir, 13.5%, $12. This is a tasty pinot noir with bold red cherry and strawberry, leather and spice. Great balance. Nice length.

Marietta Cellars, Old Vine Red, Lot 64, $13.5%, $13. A juicy red with notes of mushroom and pepper. It’s earthy and jammy, a delicious combination. Knockout.

Trione, 2015 Sonoma County Sauvignon Blanc, 13.8%, $23. This is a floral sauvignon blanc with tasty aromas and flavors of rose petal, peach and mineral. It has bright acidity yet a lush texture. It works.

Saint Gregory, 2013 Mendocino County Pinot Noir, 13.5%, $20. This Burgundian style wine has notes of cherry, plum and toast. Bright acidity. Nice length. Elegant.

Peg Melnik

Wine, The Press Democrat

Northern California is cradled in vines; it’s Wine County at its best in America. My job is to help you make the most of this intriguing, agrarian patch of civilization by inviting you to partake in the wine culture – the events, the bottlings and the fun. This is a space to explore wine, what you care about or don’t know about yet.

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