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Narsai David is the KCBS Food and Wine Editor. He has been a successful restaurateur, chef, TV host, and columnist in the Bay Area spanning four decades. You can hear him Saturdays at 10:53 a.m., 12:53 p.m. and 4:53 p.m., and at 2:53 a.m. Sunday on KCBS All News 740AM and 106.9FM.

Listen To Narsai David’s Wine Review:


BERKELEY (KCBS) – Here are three very appealing wines at some nice prices.

The 2011 Chenin Blanc from Clarksburg Wine Company is a fine reason to bring it back a grape variety that used to be a really popular in California but has kind of disappeared.

Fresh aromas of ripe melons lead to a crisp, bright minerally mouthful of delicious wine. The acidity brings a fine burst of flavor on the palate that lingers very nicely. It’s a perfect luncheon or picnic wine priced at $16.

The Toad Hollow proprietary red wine, Erik’s the Red, has a rich garnet color, and spicy floral and ripe berry aromas that make a fruity, delicious quaffing wine.

This blend of zinfandel, syrah, petite syrah, malbec and dolcetto from several regions around California is a perfect wine for pizza, for barbeque, or for a rich meat sauce pasta, priced at $14.99.

The 2010 Heritage Zinfandel from Dry Creek Vineyard has a deep, rich red color with a ripe raspberry aroma and lots of real fruit flavor that lingers long on the palate. This is a food wine in the style of a classic California cabernet. The alcohol is a moderate 13.5 percent alcohol, so it has a lovely balance and is ready to drink. It will also age gracefully. The price is $19.

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