Avalon Chard | Chardonnay

Oaked Chardonnay is the basic white girl of the wine world. (Unoaked is a different monster altogether, but I’m saving her for another post.) But this wine is from Santa Barbara County. If you take a dumb grape and grow it in Santa Barbara County, suddenly it’s a woke grape, passing out BLM signs and protesting the DAPL.

D’Arenberg | Shiraz

I love D’Arenberg the same way English majors love Dave Eggers. It’s tragic and charming and traditional and innovative all at the same time. It even has a poignant backstory. And it tastes like raspberries.