Buena Vista Vinicultural Society North Coast Chardonnay 2015, Sonoma, California

There’s a delicious lemon curd nose to this chardonnay when giving your glass a swirl, and also a little toastiness underneath. On the palate it’s a crisp wine that you can chill quite a bit, and deliciously balanced with a refreshing acidity, yet a softness and roundness to the mouthfeel. The citrus sorbet flavours shine through brightly and make you hungry for Greek dolmades with lemon sauce overtop, BBC Good Food’s Lemon and Pea Risotto, or Martha Stewart’s Asparagus and Lemon Risotto. CSPC +789480 $27

Emiliana Novas 2015 Gran Reserva Carmenere Cabernet Sauvignon

This easy-drinking organic wine is perfect for snuggling down in front of the fire with a good book, a warming beef stew or lamb casserole, or for sharing with good friends (don’t waste it on people you don’t like!). From Chile’s warm Colchagua Valley, this blend of Carmenere and Cabernet Sauvignon offers up savoury and complex flavours of inky blueberries, earthy sage, paprika, and mulberries, with a hint of bitter tannins on the edge, to provide a great value wine under $20 that punches well above its weight. Go for it! CSPC +741465 $19.75

Upper Bench Four Shadows Vineyard 2014 Merlot

There’s a luscious nose to this Merlot; you’re met by a rich combination of blackberries and black cherries with a hint of cocoa. On the palate, it’s soft and mouth filling with damson, and tobacco, and a chary finish. I sipped it with my plate of fresh pasta with a chicken, bacon, and truffle cream sauce – and it was perfect, as it would be with slow braised lamb, or lightly spiced eggplant, but you could happily drink it on it’s own or with some dark, bitter chocolate. Only 313 cases produced. CSPC + 782642 $34.50

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