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$15 to $30

Dec. 29, 2014: POET'S LEAP Riesling Columbia Valley 2013 (89 points, $20)

This refreshing style plays ripe apple, lime, lemon blossom and green peach flavors against vibrant acidity, finishing tart, with finesse. Drink now through 2017. 4,125 cases made. —Harvey Steiman

Dec. 27, 2014: BRUNO GIACOSA Roero Arneis 2013 (88 points, $30)

A fine lemon element underscores this lively white. Notes of apple and straw round out the flavors, while the acidity keeps this persistent on the finish. Drink now. 1,500 cases imported. —Bruce Sanderson

Dec. 26, 2014: NINO NEGRI Valtellina Superiore Quadrio 2010 (90 points, $20)

Rich, with a base note of tarry smoke, this remains elegant and medium-bodied overall, showing mouthwatering acidity and fine integration. Dried mint and thyme aromatics lace the dried strawberry and cherry fruit, offset with star anise and beef bouillon details. Offers a lightly chewy finish. Drink now through 2024. 3,300 cases imported. —Alison Napjus

Dec. 25, 2014: TEDESCHI Valpolicella Classico Lucchine 2013 (88 points, $15)

Well-balanced, this light- to medium-bodied red shows an expressive core of tangy black currant and blackberry fruit, with ground anise, smoke and lots of aromatic dried herb and cured tobacco notes. Drink now through 2019. 2,000 cases imported. —Alison Napjus

Dec. 24, 2014: ALTO DE CASABLANCA Pinot Noir Casablanca Valley Ritual 2013 (88 points, $20)

Offers a spicy aroma, with well-defined flavors of cherry, sandalwood and dried plum. Plush midpalate, with a supple finish that lingers with cardamom and allspice details. Drink now. 12,000 cases made. —Kim Marcus

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