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Wine of the Week: Smashberry Red Wine

The vast Central Coast features approximately 95,000 acres planted to grapevines of all kinds, so there is a plethora of choices here that obviously ends up resulting in a superb value at less than $10.

Wine of the Week: Champagne Paul Goerg Blanc de Blancs

This Champagne usually sells for more than $60 per bottle, or $30 for the halves and I immediately knew that not only did I have what is easily the deal of the year for my column, but probably the greatest recommendation for a buy-it-by-the-case-while-it-lasts kind of wine so far in 2015.

Wine of the Week: Hay-Maker Sauvignon Blanc

The wine is crisp with crushed gooseberry, white currants, fresh citrus zest, soft white fruit that perfectly balances the fresh acidity, making this a highly drinkable and approachable sauvignon blanc from the finest area for the grape varietal in the New World.

Wine of the Week: Chloe Pinot Noir

Chloe Pinot Noir needs to open a good hour-plus before consumption to let off some of the detectable volatile acidity, but then it softens up and becomes quite classic. It is superbly priced and a great value.