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So here they are, 10 wines that I think are deserving of some press; hopefully, we can share them again someday with missed friends, maybe even in a restaurant.

1. Rodolphe Demougeot Bourgogne Blanc 2018 – $40

This may sound snobbish, but I tired of mundane Chardonnay decades ago. I still love the grape, but for me, it needs to be expressive, mineral-driven and not smothered in new oak (typically employed to mask what’s lacking underneath). Demougeot is situated in Burgundy’s revered Meursault region, for many the epicentre for great Chardonnay. This is their entry-level wine, but it’s far from entry-level in the vast Chardonnay realm. It’s all there; minerals, citrus, green apple, pear, and a nice touch of oak, a wine that competes with Chardonnay costing twice as much.

2. Periquita Reserva 2016 – $18

When I first started selling basic periquita 35 years ago it was about $5 a bottle; now it commands a hefty $12 and remains one of the world’s great bargains. Produced in Portugal’s southern Setubal peninsula from the grape of the same name, it stands as the first wine to be commercially bottled and sold in Portugal. Moving up to the reserva tier of this wine is well worth the extra six bucks; a blend of castelão, touriga nacional and touriga franca, it offers a big core of plum/black cherry fruit with ripe tannins and a degree of richness and complexity rarely found at this price point.

3. Pink Pegau Rosé 2019 – $25

This delicious rosé is produced by Laurence Feraud of Domaine Pegau, a Rhone producer famous for their remarkable and age-worthy Chateauneuf-du-Pape. This is not your basic summer quaffing rose; it delivers a bouquet of herbs, red berries and stone fruits with considerable depth and body. Think of it as a winter rosé, if you will, and a versatile food mate.

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