For wine, I went across the spectrum and tried a white, rosé and a red. I selected wines that were unique and known for the presence of nice acidity and balanced with the fruit components of the wine. I started with Verbo Malvasia, 2020, Basilicata, Italy $18.00. This is a rare find from an obscure Italian region and a grape variety that always delivers excitement. The wine is golden yellow in the glass with powerful aromas of mango, pineapple and fresh cut white flowers. The wine attacks the center of the palate with vibrant acidity and expressive tropical fruit, under ripe pear and crisp lemon and lime. The wine is a delight. 89 points.

Next, I selected Chateau Montaud Cote’s De Provence Rosé, 2020, Provence, France, $15.00. This rosé is a classic blend of grenache, syrah and mourvedre from Provence, the region that made serious rosé famous. It’s salmon pink in the glass and offers scents of strawberry & cream, rose petals and lemon zest. On the palate the wine is bright and fresh with flavors of strawberries, nectarine and a hint of cranberry. It finishes quick and snappy. 87 points.

The final wine is Montana Crianza, 2017, Rioja, Spain, $16.00. This wine is made from tempranillo, Spain’s most well-known red grape variety and it’s from Rioja, their most famous wine-making region. This wine is deep garnet in the glass and on the nose evokes black plum, toast and cigar box. On the palate the wine is deep and complex with blackberry, cassis, leather, ripe bing cherry and an interesting spice note of the finish. The wine is well balanced with gentle tannins and nice acidity. Terrific wine that hits well above its weight class. 88 points.