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My name is Leslie Sbrocco and I'm the host of Check, Please! Bay Area. Each week, I will be sharing my tasting notes about the wine the guests and I drank on set during the taping of the show. I will also share some wine tips with each episode.
Secco Rose, Italy $13
I love pink bubbles (I've even tattooed a glass of sparkling rose on my leg...now that's adoration.) So, when i find one that's affordable and delicious, it makes me grin from ear to ear. This affordable pink sipper made with Italian red grape Raboso and some Pinot Noir, is a smile-maker. It's a wine to buy by the case for the holidays.
2010 Irony Chardonnay, Napa Valley, California $14
From the Indelicato family whose wine roots run deep, this medium bodied, light on-its-feet white is an all-purpose wine. It will make those who don't like heavy Chards happy along with those who enjoy crisp, bright styles. Pair with dishes from roast chicken and sweet potates to creamy cheeses.
2009 Chateau Ste. Michelle Merlot, Columbia Valley, Washington $15
I call Merlot the cashmere of the wine world because of its smoothness and this wine captures that telltale softness. Succulent dark berry fruitiness marries with the supple texture in a wine that over-delivers for its price.