Column: WINEderlust: Transitional wines under $20


Commentary by Elizabeth Morse

As we turn from really hot to cooler weather, I’m suggesting a few bottles that are dually suited. Bonus that all of them are less than $20 making them even more likable. Cheers!

Martin Codax Albariño, $15. From the Famed Rias Baixas region of Spain, this white blend is refreshing and crisp. A tiny bit salty with loads of citrus and stone fruit flavors, I’d call it medium-bodied and great with food. Smells like jasmine.

Next up is one of my favorite California producers: Sanford. Sanford’s Pinot Noir Rosé is the quintessential barbecue wine. Refreshing and fragrant (think tart fruit like cranberry and blood orange with rosy warmth on the nose) — a delicate, feminine style ($19).

A lighter-bodied red from South Africa is my pick for the next few weeks. Natte Vallejo Cinsault is at once earthy and fruity. Big, wild strawberry flavors with a touch of spice and just the right amount of acid make this a perfect selection for a late summer day on Geist. Oh, and it’s Vegan! ($18).