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The Weekly Dozen - Wines for All Reasons

When tasting through these wines, it occurred to me that almost any dish you could serve would find a good wine match among them – from delicate fish and shellfish to vegetable soups to whatever taco you could devise to wild boar.

Spoiler alert – some of these 12 come with hefty, though defendable, price tags. Save those for special-occasion dinners or as ageable cellar trophies.

2018 Kathryn Kennedy North Coast Sauvignon Blanc ($23). Pleasant, light Sauvignon with a chalky minerality and a crisp finish.
2018 Cliff Lede Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc ($24). Full-bodied and pleasantly assertive with great herbal and stone fruit flavors.
2018 Oak Farm Lodi Fiano ($25). This southern Italian grape should be a good fit for the Central Valley - delicate flavors of flowers and whey with very crisp acidity.
2017 Rex Hill “Seven Soils” Willamette Valley Chardonnay ($35). A buttery and toasty Chard with strands of minerality running through it.
2017 ZD Carneros Chardonnay Reserve ($80). Complex and enjoyable, with fresh apple flavors blended with citrus and citrus zest and a little vanilla.
2018 Raeburn Russian River Rosé ($20). Made of Grenache and Pinot Noir, it’s very light in color and body – a free-spirited wine with flavors of citrus, citrus peel, light chalkiness and a hint of bitters.
2018 Etude Santa Barbara County Rosé ($22). Lovely wine with pretty strawberry and watermelon flavors, great minerality, a tad of chalkiness and hints of tannin in the finish.
2016 Capezzana “Barco Reale” di Carmignano ($14). Good for the price –tangy cherry fruit, moderately assertive with a satisfying finish.
2017 Oak Farm Lodi Zinfandel ($20). A fruit-forward style Zin with cherry and blackberry flavors and mild tannins.
2017 Frank Family Carneros Pinot Noir ($38). A very quaffable and satisfying wine with rooty flavors, smooth texture and a clean finish.
2016 ZD Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon ($75). Good blend of fresh and dried cherries with some herbal notes, a bit like a Pauillac, medium-bodied and fresh on the palate.
2016 Pahlmeyer Napa Valley “30th Anniversary” Napa Valley Red Wine ($200). A big wine that is full on the palate – rich and tangy with ripe cherries and mulberry flavors, great for slow sipping or with bold red meat dishes.
Prices listed are generally SRP or from wine-searcher.com.

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