Cru Beaujolais, Etna Reds, Soave

From the Feb 28, 2014, issue

The Beaujolais crus, Soave, and reds from Sicily's Etna region are all wines Wine Spectator's Bruce Sanderson buys and enjoys on a regular basis. The first comes primarily from granite; the latter two from cooler areas with volcanic soils. What they all possess is freshness, mineral elements and a "drink me" character that provides immediate enjoyment. They are also good values. Generally, only the Etna reds will break the $40 barrier; most of the selections will be retail at $30 or less. Markup notwithstanding, that also makes them well-priced options when dining out.

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