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Reggie’s Pick: Koenig Snake River Valley Viognier $17.99

Viognier, THE grape of Condrieu in the Northern Rhone Valley, is often characterized by the delicate aromatics of peaches and white flowers. The wine is full bodied, oily in texture, with peach and melon flavors dominating the palate.

This example from Koenig is very true to type for Viognier. In addition to the pretty floral bouquet, flavors of pear and baked apple mingle with a generous portion of minerality.

This wine is a no brainer for seafood (scallops) but is also big enough to hold up to pork and chicken dishes.

Kent’s Pick: 2014 Susana Balbo Cabernet Sauvignon $12.99

We got a screaming deal on this wine, so I figured I better try a bottle before it all gets sold!

Due to its tremendous success, I sometimes forget that Argentina grows varieties other than Malbec. There’s a lot of other wines coming from Argentina that are worth checking out, and this Cabernet Sauvignon is a prime example. The fruit for this wine is from vineyards in Mendoza that sit at over 3000 feet in elevation, with cooler nights allowing the grapes to ripen slowly, providing a balance between acidity and sugar.

This wine is unmistakably Cabernet Sauvignon, with the nose showing cassis, herbs and dark fruit. On the palate the wine is structured but soft with well integrated tannins, showing cassis, dark cherry, a touch of herbs, menthol, and just a hint of oak. If you’re looking for an excellent value in Cabernet, don’t pass this one by!