Bracco Friuliano, Friuli Isonzo 2012, $17.99
This 100 percent Tocai Friuliano wine has a bright, vivid nose of almond and citrus fruit and is simply mouthwatering. The acidity and finish are perfectly balanced in this wine, with just enough fruit to carry the middle. This wine could take you from the start to the finish of your meal.
Couly-Dutheil “Les Chanteaux”Chinon Blanc 2013, $28
Made from 100 percent Chenin Blanc, this 2013 vintage possesses an impressive texture and elegance with extensive depth. Nose is a combination of rock mineral and mouthwatering white peaches.
Broc Cellars, Love Red Part Deux, California 2013
A great way to start the evening when served with light bites, this blend of Carignan Valdique and Petite Sirah has inviting red berry tones with constant but not overwhelming acidity throughout the palate. The finish is quick and clean.
Domaine La Font de Notre Dame, Gigondas—2011, $24.99
From the southern Rhone Valley, not too far from the much acclaimed area of Chateauneuf du Pape, This blend of Grenache, Mourvedre, and Syrah is slightly out of character yet packed with satisfying luscious red fruit, which will complement a traditional main course and carry you through to after dinner conversations.