WINES FOR A STEAL

Coastal Living - - CURRENTS -

You never know who (or how many) might drop by. Pur­chase th­ese bot­tles by the case for spur-ofthe-mo­ment cel­e­bra­tions.

MATTHIASSON TENDU RED

Tendu is a term for a tautly held bal­let pose— some­thing Napa Val­ley wine­maker Steve Matthiasson sought to emu­late with this racy, Ital­ian-style blend made from Mon­tepul­ciano, Bar­bera, and Aglian­ico. Try it slightly chilled with burg­ers and other grilled fa­vorites. $21 for 1 L

ROSÉ DE PRINTEMPS

Wine im­porter Harry Root mapped out this lean, straw­berry-scented rosé over a plat­ter of oys­ters with Charleston restau­ra­teur Brooks Reitz. Us­ing cool-cli­mate, high-al­ti­tude fruit from Provence, the two have forged a per­pet­ual over­achiever for the price point. $15

ELVIO TINTERO LANGHE ARNEIS

From the rugged ter­rain of Pied­mont, Italy’s Moscato coun­try, Elvio Tintero coaxes a fresh and flo­ral arneis laden with lush apri­cot char­ac­ter. Richly tex­tured yet crisp on the fin­ish, it makes for an ideal aper­i­tif. $12

FLORENSAC PICPOUL DE PINET

Mus­cadet’s oys­ter pair­ing prow­ess is leg­endary. But on the other side of France, grown against the Mediter­ranean Sea, is the bi­valve’s other best friend: Picpoul de Pinet. Th­ese min­er­ally wines make shell­fish sing. $11

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