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Plonkapalooza judges sampled and made notes on 25 white wines and 25 red wines in a blind tasting. (Yoon S. Byun)

The wine list

Here is the complete list tasted by the professionals, in the order in which they were tasted.

Below, you'll see notes for wines that received a top pick from at least one panelist, along with a typical retail price and the name of the retailer that nominated the wine. Other shops carry these bottles, so check your local stores too.


2006 Walch "Prendo" Pinot Grigio IGT Vignetti delle Dolomiti Pinot Grigio (Italy). Nejaime's Wine Cellars (800-946-3988) About $12.

2007 Gazela Vinho Verde (Portugal). Nejaime's. About $6.

2006 Domaine de Pouy Vin de Pays des Cotes de Gascogne (France). Bright, pleasing citrusy aromas; hint of minerals; ripe, slightly creamy feel. Esprit du Vin (617-296-9463). About $11.

2006 St. Peyre Picpoul de Pinet Coteaux de Languedoc (France). Vivid orchard fruit flavors; fine brightness and zip; appealing mineral edge. Bauer Wine and Spirits (617-262-0363) About $9.

2006 San Marco Frascati (Italy). Esprit du Vin. About $10.

2006 Cantine Gries IGT Vignetti delle Dolomiti Pinot Grigio (Italy). Vivacious spicy/floral aromas and lively acidity; brisk attack. Brookline Liquor Mart (617-734-7700) About $11.

2006 Domaine du Tariquet Vin de Pays des Cotes de Gascogne Blanc (France). Pretty, spicy, little lemon-drop. Nejaime's. About $9.

2006 Willm Alsace Pinot Blanc (France). Big, ripe mouthful with some earthy aromas; nicely balanced and with good persistence; lot of wine for the money. Nejaime's. About $11.

2006 Sella & Mosca "La Cala" Vermentino di Sardegna (Italy). A whiff of sea breeze; crisp orchard fruit and a minerally edge animated by a trace of spritz. Bauer. About $12.

2006 Espelt "Vaillet" Emporda Blanco (Spain). Esprit du Vin. About $11.

2006 Verget du Sud Vin de Pays du Vaucluse Roussane (France). Unmistakable savory-minerally-peachy southern Rhone profile; solid, steady fruit. Bauer. About $12.

2006 La Chasse du Pape "Prestige" Cotes du Rhone Blanc (France). Hefty, with attractively integrated fruit and earthy notes; some spice and floral elements. Market Wine and Spirits (978-745-6319). About $10.

2006 Santa Isabel Mendoza Torrontes (Argentina). Brookline Liquor Mart. About $10.

2006 Salzl Bergenland Gruner Veltliner (Austria). Bauer. About $12.

2006 "Saint M" Pfalz Riesling (Germany). Easy-drinking, summery sip with modest but genuine riesling character; spicy citrus; whiff of petrol. Market Wine. About $10.

2006 Huber Gruner Veltliner "Hugo" (Austria). Market Wine. About $12.

2006 Adega Marea Alta "Do Zoe" Rias Baixas Albarino (Spain). Firm, shapely, peachy fruit veering toward the tropical; lively aromatics; persistent acidity. Bauer. About $12.

2006 Vignarco Orvieto Classico (Italy). Lovely fresh-air aromatics and crisp mineral-tinged pear-lime fruit. Nicely put together. Esprit du Vin. About $11.

2006 Folie a Deux "Menage a Trois" California White (USA). Nejaime's. About $11.

2006 Pomelo California Sauvignon Blanc (USA). Market Wine. About $10.

2006 Alamos Mendoza Chardonnay (Argentina). Esprit du Vin. About $10.

2005 Firestone Central Coast Chardonnay (USA). Brookline Liquor Mart. About $10.

2006 Santa Isabel Mendoza Chardonnay/Viognier (Argentina). Brookline Liquor Mart. About $10.

2006 Alexander Valley Vineyards "New Gewurz" North Coast Gewurtztraminer (USA). Brookline Liquor Mart. About $12.

2006 Ten Mile "Lost Horizons" California White (USA). Market Wine. About $10.


2005 Vina Antigua Maipu Sangiovese/Bonarda (Argentina). Slightly tart red fruits here feel a little standoffish but would shine with a platter of salumi. Market Wine. About $7.

2006 Antane Chianti (Italy). Brookline Liquor Mart. About $10.

2006 Cantine San Silvestro "Ottone I" Piemonte Barbera (Italy). Bright, lively red fruits; simple and straightforward but with verve. Nejaime's. About $9.

2006 Masi IGT Sangiovese di Toscano (Italy). A little pie of plums, cherries, and some intriguing tannins; plus for structure and minerality. Brookline Liquor Mart. About $9.

2005 Vega Sindoa Navarra Cabernet/Tempranillo (Spain). Market Wine. About $11.

2006 Finca Luzon Jumilla (Spain). Market Wine. About $9.

2005 Chateau Les Grandes Versennes Bordeaux (France). Stony, earthy, minerally, and a little vegetal - won't be everyone's cup of tea. Brookline Liquor Mart. About $9.

2004 LAN Rioja Crianza (Spain). A hint of camphor, some sweet oak and something like bottle age; some cushy tannins. Nejaime's. About $12.

2005 Martilde Oltrepo Pavese Bonarda (Italy). Bauer. About $12.

2006 Dievole "Pinocchio" IGT Sicily (Italy). Esprit du Vin. About $11.

2006 Bodegas Farina "Spada" Toro (Spain). Pretty rich; sweet, dense, dark red fruit; a little rough and ready. Market Wine. About $10.

2005 Luc Pirlet Vin de Pays d'Oc Syrah-Mourvedre (France). Nicely dense, chewy, red fruit; some leathery notes; rustic maybe, but winsome. Brookline Liquor Mart. About $11.

2005 Guidobono Nebbiolo delle Langhe (Italy). Finely tuned fruit-acid-tannin integration; sweet-tempered and persistently appetizing; modest complexity. Esprit du Vin. About $12.

2006 Viu Manent Colchagua Valley Reserva Malbec (Chile). Nejaime's. About $11.

2005 Quinta de Ventozelo "Vinzelo" Douro (Portugal). Satisfyingly full-bodied with fine heft, some real grip, and a few layers of interest. A standout. Bauer. About $9.

2006 Domaine Brunet Vin de Pays d'Oc Pinot Noir (France). New world sweetness and heft, but with little edge. Big, amiable softy. Bauer. About $12.

2006 Tilia Mendoza Malbec (Argentina). Brookline Liquor Mart. About $11.

2004 Red Dust Southeastern Australia Shiraz (Australia). Esprit du Vin. About $12.

2004 Napa Landing Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (USA). A plateful of sweet, ripe, oak-tinged cherry fruit served with some genuine - and welcome - acid structure. Nejaime's. About $11.

2005 Root: 1 Colchagua Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (Chile). Bauer. About $12.

2005 San Fereolo Dolcetto di Dogliani (Italy). Raspberry-ish keynote; firmish with some dusty Dolcetto character. Bauer. About $12.

2005 De Bortoli Vat 4 Petit Verdot (Australia). Market Wine. About $10.

2006 Cono Sur Central Valley Pinot Noir (Chile). Nejaime's. About $10.

2005 Valderiz "Senorio de Valdehermoso" Ribera del Duero (Spain). Esprit du Vin. About $12.

2006 Domaine de Gournier Vin de Pays des Cevennes "Grenache Noir" (France). Esprit du Vin. About $12.


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