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12 Wines to Love Now

New Finds from the Boston Wine Expo

After a Covid-inflicted hiatus, the Boston Wine Expo was back in March 2023, with new ownership, a smaller venue, and a more professional ambiance. Shifting from the cavernous World Trade Center to the more intimate Park Plaza Hotel Ballroom was a smart move. Less cattle-call, more sip and savor!

With 100+ wineries to choose from, we decided to step out of our comfort zone and sample wines from unfamiliar producers in the US and lesser-known regions in Europe. Most of the 12 wines we recommend here are under $40; two top $100, each one a gem for a special occasion or any-day splurge.

Rosé of Syrah 2021  
Mengler Family Wines, Russian River Valley, Sonoma, CA
Sophisticated wine, not a summer sipper. Plummy flavors and long finish. Excellent food wine.
$16 at YankeeSpirits BEST BUY
Wolffer Summer in a Bottle Long Island  
Wolffer Estate, Sagaponack, Long Island, NY
Grapes: Grenache, Cinsault, Syrah, and Vermentino
Cringe at the name, buy the wine…it’s well-balanced with good acidity and widely available.
$27 at the Winery
Merga Victa Pošip 2021 
Black Island Winery, Dalmatian Coast, Croatia
Grape: Pošip
Crisp, lots of minerality. Easy-drinking with satisfying long finish.
$26 at Vivino
‘Vetas Blancas’ Reserva Especial Sauvignon Blanc  
Tabali, Limari Valley, Chile
Planted on limestone slopes and aged in steel tanks; crisp, full-bodied wine with high minerality and a touch of salinity.
$17 at Wine Searcher
Abstract Red Blend 2021 
Orin Swift Cellars, St. Helena, Napa, CA
Grenache, with small % of Syrah and Petit Sirah
Fruit forward with concentrated black fruit backed by a long delicious finish
$38 at Total Wine
Forman Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
Forman Vineyard, St. Helena, Napa, CA
Finesse! Smooth, silky and delicious. One of our benchmark Napa Cabs
$119 at
Risk Cabernet Sauvignon 2016   
Cabana Winery, Oakville, Napa, CA
Great Cab with hints of vanilla/toasted oak. Delicious and special
$150 from the winery
Napa Valley Quilt Red Blend 2021
Quilt Wines, Rutherford, Napa, CA; Grapes: Petit Syrah, Merlot, Zinfandel + Petit Verdot
Terrific balance of black fruits; spicy and delicious. Think of it as a lower-priced Lion Tamer.
$35 at Total Wine
Wolffer Caya Cabernet Franc 2019  
Wolffer Estate, Sagaponack, Long Island, NY
Beautiful balance of black fruit and white pepper up front
$22 at Total Wine
Finca Rodma Seleccion Tinto 2019 
Finca Rodma, Ribera del Duero, Spain; Grape: Tempranillo
Outstanding fruit-forward wine with concentrated black cherry; delicious!
$42 at Vivino
Plavac Mali Barrique 2016 
Winery Terra Madre, Dalmatian Coast, Croatia; Grape: Plavac Mali
Delicious! Full of fruit with a smooth, full finish
 $25 at Vivino
Zulal Areni Classic Red Wine
Zulal Wines, Yerevan, Armenia: Grape: Areni
Deep currant layered onto hints of balsamic reduction. Now on our buy list
$22 at Wine Chateau

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