· White Hall Vineyards Viognier 2008 ($17, sample): Virginia winemakers continue to impress with viognier, and this wine explains why. It's much closer to a French Rhone than California, with a bit of oiliness and not too much oak.
· Rex Goliath Pinot Noir NV ($9, purchased): The Wine Curmudgeon has always been ambivalent about Rex Goliath as a brand, so I was surprised to find this pinot to be as pleasant as it was. It's not red Burgundy, but it's not $60, either. Note: Rex Goliath does two pinots: a California and this, which is from southern France.
· Louis Jadot Beaujolais Villages 2008 ($10, purchased): I have been drinking this wine for about as long as I have been drinking wine, and it remains more or less the same -- cheap, grapey, and dependable.