5 After 5

Don’t get caught overthinking what to refresh yourself with after a long day at work; here are a few wines to liven up your life after 5!

La CappuccinaLA CAPPUCCINA PINOT GRIGIO

100% Pinot Grigio, 100% Organic, 100% delicious! This wine matures on the lees for five months. Intense aroma with mandarin orange notes, this wine is crisp with lively fruit, exactly what Pinot Grigio should be! There are a multitude of Pinot Grigios on the market these days but few with the purity and quality of this one. The next time you find yourself about to spend more on the usual suspects do yourself and your friends a favor and grab this little Italian gem for only $13.

SANTA MARIA LA PALMA “BLU” VERMENTINO

Vermentino is a light-skinned grape, primarily found in Italian wine and is widely planted in Sardinia. This wine is medium-bodied with moderate acidity and low tannins. It has a pale straw yellow, with heady delicate aromas. Dry, fresh and smooth with an almond-rich aftertaste and slight liveliness with the touch of residual CO2. Pairs well with calamari, shellfish, white meats and pasta. $14

CastillonCASTILLO ALICANTE MACABEO

Macabeo, grown in Spain, is a grape known to produce the elegant and floral qualities found in many Cavas; it is also crafted into dry, still white wines that are some of the best values you can find! Castillo Alicante Macabeo is a medium-bodied, well-balanced, dry wine with nice mineral core, aromas and flavors of citrus, star fruit and acacia flowers perfect served as an aperitif or with seafood dishes, grilled fish and soft cheese. $9

Ch GigognanCHATEAU GIGOGNAN COTE DU RHONE BLANC

The white Côtes du Rhône from Gigognan is 60% Roussanne, 30% Marsanne and 10% Clairette  grown in clay/limestone and sand soil, by an organic estate. The grapes are hand-harvested and fermented in stainless steel vats at a low temperature with 25% fermented in barriques to add depth. This wine is as close to a Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc as you get without breaking the bank! $14

FLY BY SAUVIGNON BLANC

The 2014 Fly By is lively and bright, brimming with aromas of lemon zest, white currant and minerals. On the palate, the wine is crisp, with a clean line of acidity that helps maintain a perfect balance. Medium-bodied and extremely vibrant, this has all the ingredients one could ask for in a Napa Sauvignon Blanc. $12

So many choices for your palate and your budget–what more could you ask for??

Heather Burton, ABC Fine Wine & Spirits wine and spirits supervisor

Follow me on Twitter @abcwineheatherb

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