Domaine Viret 2000 Côtes-du-Rhône-Villages Saint-Maurice Cosmic , $12
This starts out with an effusive nose with lots of herbs, especially oregano, a little lavendar, dark earth and smoke. On the palate, there is a complex mix of red, blue and black fruits with lots of dark earth and herbs. Rich, medium- to full-bodied, but very smooth with decent acidity. Superb. Excellent match with lentil/rice soup. Importer: Louis/Dressner
Hiedler 2004 Grüner Veltliner Löss, $12
Delightful nose of white flowers and fruits (peach, perhaps?) accented by spice, peas and a little white pepper. On the palate, there is peach and citrus fruit, with lots of rocky minerality, some spice and white pepper. On the finish, there is a prickly sensation, a bit like spritz but it adds to the mineral/peppery sensation. Nice bright acidity. Outstanding match with Chinese food. Two days later, it’s as good or better. The fruit is more citrusy and less peachy, and it seems more minerally, spicy and structured. Same outstanding food match. Importer: Michael Skurnik Wines, a Terry Theise Selection.