Pairing Wine with Soups and Stews
2007 Hogue Riesling (Washington State, $9) Fresh white peaches with apricot and floral notes
2007 Pierre Sparr Riesling (France, $13) Lime green refreshment with grapefruit and green melon aromas (pictured)
SPLURGE: 2007 Studert-Prüm Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Spätlese (Germany, $22) Packs a flavor punch of lemongrass and green apples without being heavy
2007 McWilliam's Chardonnay (Australia, $8) Full-bodied and layered with notes of ripe peach, butterscotch, and melon
2006 Beringer Vineyards Napa Valley Chardonnay (California, $13) A lovely weave of guava, nectarine, and lemon aromas (pictured)
SPLURGE: 2007 Casa Lapostolle Casablanca Valley Cuvée Alexandre Chardonnay (Chile, $20) Apples and tropical melon
2007 Nederburg Shiraz (South Africa, $9) Smoky, oaky, and loaded with black fruit. It's also full-bodied and very drinkable.
2006 Wakefield Shiraz (Australia, $14) Brimming with fleshy dark berries and plums
SPLURGE: 2002 Penfolds St. Henri Shiraz (Australia, $40) A delicious, mouthwatering number with smoky black-fruit aromas (pictured)
2008 Viña Cono Sur Pinot Noir (Chile, $8) This supple, medium-bodied pinot with tart cherries and spice is a fantastic value.
2007 Babich Pinot Noir (New Zealand, $14) Black cherries and dark spices, smoke, and cloves (pictured)
SPLURGE: 2006 Nicolas Potel Bourgogne Maison Dieu Pinot Noir (France, $25) Vivacious aromas of cherry and strawberry