Cherry Cove Pinot Noir Willamette Valley 2011
$19, Potomac Selections
For finger foods and warm temperatures, this Pinot Noir fits the bill. It is light-bodied and flavorful with notes of currant and wild raspberry that are supported by a dash of Oregon earthiness. Its soft, supple finish offers just the right contrast for watching a fast-paced horse race.
Domaine de Fontsainte Gris de Gris 2013
$16, Prestige Beverage Group
Hailing from France’s Corbiéres region and made mostly from the Grenache Gris grape, this pink number exudes ripe strawberry and summer-melon tones with a dry, slightly herbal finish. It is a surprisingly serious spring sipper.
Botani Sparkling Muscat NV 2012
$16, The Country Vintner
Moscato d’Asti is the reigning champion of sweet but sophisticated sparklers. This Spanish newcomer is a serious contender for the crown. It has the same peach-driven juicy flavors one expects from Muscat, adding mineral notes and a balanced acidity that are almost electric.