Happy Memorial Day weekend friends! Any fun plans? Given that my road trip is just a week away, I'm sticking around town this weekend to keep working on all the zillions of things I need to get done before I leave...and to spend some QT with my sweet husband who sadly is going to be a bachelor for the next month! But for the rest of you, zipping off to the lake or beach or mountains, I wanted to share with you some fantastic under-$20 wine picks from Whole Foods Market. I'm thrilled to be partnering with them for my road trip dinner parties, and can't wait to try some of these bottles for myself in the coming weeks. These are all available at Whole Foods Market stores now through July 16, so pick up a few for your Memorial Day cookbouts! (Descriptions clockwise from L-R on the collage):

*Les Hauts de Bel Air Bordeaux Blanc 2013, France $10.99

This Entre-Deux-Mers is a sauvignon blanc created by the Sichel family who take great care to make this white for Whole Foods Market. Special attention to harvesting and selective sorting of grapes create a beautiful pale yellow Bordeaux blanc with green tints and delicate aromas of sandstone and rosemary and thyme backed up by pepper, fresh peaches, unripe apricot, and grapefruit zest and pith on finish. The fresh front-of-palate is driven by minerals and herbs and opens onto a well-structured and balanced mid-palate of grapefruit, which then layer back to softer pepper and cilantro components. Pair with salad, lemongrass sea bass and flatbread.

El Perro Verde Rueda 2012, Spain $14.99

With a bouquet of grapefruit, white peach, flowers and lemon-lime, the flavor of this bright yellow white has a touch of herbs and floral notes with blood orange on the palate. Medium-bodied with a balanced, fresh acidity, this pairs well with melon and prosciutto, guacamole, and seafood such as clam, oyster, octopus, squid and shrimp.

Deccolio Prosecco, Italy $12.99

This perfect bellini sparkler has lemon-lime, tangerine, honey and tropical notes on the nose. With fruit-forward flavors of orange peel, peach, apple and apricot, this refreshing, creamy wine is medium-bodied on the palate. Pair with Sonoma chicken salad, crunchy and salty foods, and Mediterranean cuisine. Kosher for Passover.

Louis Latour Grand Ardèche Chardonnay, France $12.99

This straw colored white with silver highlights has a fresh green apple and ripe pear aroma and an oaky touch. Balanced and smooth, there is lemon curd on the palate followed by a citrus finish. Pair with seafood and grilled vegetables.

Querciabella Mongrana Maremma Toscana 2011, Italy $19.99

Acclaimed for its exquisite range of biodynamic wines, Querciabella is known for its uncompromising pursuit of quality, sustainability and authenticity. A blend of 50% sangiovese, 25% cabernet sauvignon and 25% merlot, this smooth super Tuscan blend is vegan, spicy and full of juicy black fruit. It has aromas of pencil lead and flavors of black and sour cherry, sweet anise, herbs and orange pekoe tea. Drink this wine young with osso buco, lamb chops, hearty meat-based pastas and grilled foods.

Sanford Flor de Campo Pinot Noir 2012, California $19.99

This medium bodied, balanced wine delivers bursts of bright red fruit such as raspberry and Bing cherry with a hint of cola, pepper and a hint of Santa Barbara earthiness. Pair with grilled chicken, salmon, and robusto cheese.

Mas Picosa Capçanes Monstant 2013, Spain $12.99

This bright purple wine comes from esteemed winemaker and importer Eric Solomon from a vineyard in its second year of organic certification. It has juicy aromas of ripe fruit. With jammy fruit and a campfire smokiness, the finish is long. Pair with chicken paella, serrano ham, prosciutto, lamb chops, or a black bean dish.

*Soleil des Garrigues Ventoux 2012, France $10.99

Eighty winegrowing families and generations of winemakers at this cooperative winery in the Rhône River Valley created this red made up of 70% grenache, 15% syrah, 10% carignan, and 5% cinsault. Its aromatic bouquet features red licorice, white pepper, fresh tobacco, hot stone minerality, raspberry and sweet cherry fruit, and fresh tobacco. The flavor has hints of black fruit and spices and soft, round tannins on the palate. Pair with grilled meats, pasta and Mediterranean cuisine.


*Innovac!ón Chenin-Chardonnay 2013, Argentina $9.99

This white, made up of 70% chenin and 30% chardonnay, is created for Whole Foods Market by the multi-generational and influential Zuccardi family who are passionate about wine and sustainability. The aroma has notes of white flowers, apple, pears and some tropical fruits. The flavor is fresh and soft with well-balanced acidity and ripe apple, Bosc pear and even cinnamon apple sauce on palate. Drink with shellfish, grilled fish with lemon, salad and spicy foods.

*Frey Agriculturist Organic Blanc 2013, California $11.99

Frey Vineyards, America’s first maker of certified Biodynamic® wines and leader in organic no added sulfites wines, made this blend of chardonnay, sauvignon blanc and riesling for Whole Foods Market. This food-friendly white has aromas of honeysuckle, which lead to tropical fruit flavors. Chardonnay forms the body while sauvignon blanc delivers a hint of sweet grass that leads to an orange blossom honey finish. Pair with grilled fish and peach salsa or lettuce wraps with sweet chili sauce.


*Santa Rita Organic Cabernet Sauvignon 2010, Chile $12.99

Made for Whole Foods Market by one of Chile’s premier wine estates, this Maipo Valley winery was one of the first to pioneer plantings of European grape varieties. This well-balanced red has aromas of bacon, pepper, black fruit and jalapeno pepper. Intense flavors of ripe black fruit with notes of black pepper and exotic spices lead to a lingering finish and outstanding structure. Pair with red meats, pork, pasta and gorgonzola and bittersweet chocolate.

Montevina Amador County Barbera 2012, California $10.99

This juicy, easy drinking red is a terrific food wine. With fresh acid and low tannins, it displays aromas of cherry and Amador spice. Flavors of dark cherry with toasty oak characteristics pair well with mussels, taleggio, and pizza with prosciutto, vodka sauce and fresh basil.

*Available only at Whole Foods Market.

(Photos and wine descriptions courtesy of Whole Foods Market.)