Miniature-sized split bottles are a wallet-friendly way to sample new wines. These vintages aren’t meant to be aged, so stop into a local wine shop or restaurant and enjoy now
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Gaston Chiquet, “Tradition” NV (Dizy, France), $58: This elegant wine is made from the three Champagne varietals: pinot noir, pinot meunier, and chardonnay. With a gentle, fine fizz, it’s smooth on the palate. Dried apricot and citrus flavors delight the senses, making this wine an enjoyable drink. Toast even the smallest of occasions by sampling this split bottle at McCrady’s.
Faust Cabernet Sauvignon 2006 (Napa Valley, California), $55: Faust wines are a tribute to the famous Napa Valley varietal, cabernet sauvignon. Luscious and rich with concentrated dark fruit and creamy oak notes, this wine has a classic California palate. Stop by Peninsula Grill to enjoy this perfect example of American winemaking.
Domaine Serge Laloue Blanc 2010 (Sancerre, France), $26: Pop in to Coast Bar & Grill for a sip of this French wine that is made from 100 percent sauvignon blanc grapes grown in an area known for limestone-heavy soil. The minerality in the wine gives a crisp and acidic mouthfeel. Soft cheeses are a nice pairing for a warm spring day.
Duckhorn Sauvignon Blanc 2008 (Napa Valley, California), $30: This gem from Napa has tart flavors of grapefruit and kaffir lime with bright acidity. A small amount of sémillon is added for fruit/acid balance, making this an easy-drinking wine. Pair with a salad, say Rue de Jean's frisée lyonaisse, or pack for a stroll on the beach.
Sonoma-Cutrer Chardonnay 2010 (Russian River, California), $22: This wine is a favorite among chardonnay drinkers and after first sip, it’s easy to see why. Floral notes of jasmine and rose petals balance flavors of toasted hazelnuts, almond butter, and lime. This pint-size complex vintage, available at Blossom, pairs well with white fish or Gouda cheese.