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Tried & True Deck-Worthy Wines

Alverdi Pinot Grigio 2013 (Italy)
The Alverdi Pinot Grigio is a spritely little wine — good acidity, really bright, great price — that is absolutely perfect for deck drinking and anything seafood. Italian Pinot Grigio is different (sometimes, much different) than what you would get from Oregon Pinot Gris, which uses different grapes, a different process, and, of course, different terroir. With the Alverdi, you can expect a dry, very crisp and clean, refreshing white wine. These Pinot Grigio grapes are from the Molise region of south-central Italy, between the Apennine Ridge and the Adriatic Sea, and are fermented in stainless steel. Price $7.99

Bodegas Atalaya — Laya Old Vine 2013 (Spain)
This is the 2013, brand new release of the Laya. It is a blend of equal parts Garnacha and Monastrell old vine grapes. The Laya always gets high points (this 2013 vintage was awarded 93 points by Decantalo), but, more than that, it is just a delicious, easy-drinking, medium-body bottle of wine. The Laya characteristically has a great deal of fruit, including dark cherry, blackberry, plus rich spices on the palette. It’s been out of stock for a while; we have it back in, and in good supply, for now. Pair Laya with flavorful tapas, grilled red meats, or roasted poultry. Price: $8.99

By: CV, The Wine Guy

CV, The Wine GuyCV is our resident wine guy and our newest cheese specialist. And he’s here to give you generous, succinct, friendly advice on wines (and cheese). CV is quick to say that he’s not a wine “expert” — he’s not the person to go to for fancy terminology — but he does know wine, and approaches it with robust energy and a desire to match wine with people, food, and experiences.