Everyday: Like most whites from Spain’s Rias Baixas region, the Paco & Lola AlbariÃ±o ($15) has that big ol’ floral thing going on, but that aroma is augmented by almonds and green apples. On the palate, steely minerality and stone-fruit flavors provide a marvelous mouthfeel. The finish is lush and long. From start to finish, this is a wine that provides more than this price point should deliver. All manner of seafood (this is, after all, from an oceanfront region just above Portugal) will pair well with this refreshing white “” oysters, scallops, sea bass, ceviche, fish tacos “” as will with chicken enchiladas.
Occasion: During a recent visit with Randall Grahm, some pals and I were fortunate enough to taste both the 2005 bottle and the 2010 barrel versions of the Bonny Doon Bien Nacido Syrah ($40-$50). Both were off-the-charts delicious, with nearly endless finishes. Blackberry and roasted meats flavors predominate, and the stoniness means you can at least see the Northern Rhone’s classic syrahs from there. Just in time for spring lamb, which can be laced with all manner of herbs “” mint, rosemary, whatever “” and absolutely sing with this rustic red.