Reviews of wines that don’t need their own post, but are worth noting for one reason or another. Look for it on the final Friday of each month.
• Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc 2009 ($19, sample): This remains quality wine, with telltale New Zealand grapefruit and a round, full, tropical fruit middle. But it's not $12 any more, and I have trouble wrapping my head around that.
• J Brut Rose NV ($25, sample): Very nice California sparkling wine, soft with lots of strawberry fruit and clean tight bubbles.The question that the consumer has to answer: Is it twice as good as something like Gruet, which is half the price?
• Willim Gentil 2007 ($13, purchased): This Alsatian white blend offers value. More importantly, though, it's a wine for people who don't drink much wine, with honeysuckle flavors, some oiliness, and a bit of sweetness.
• Two Hands Angels Share Shiraz 2008 ($25, sample): I don't drink much traditional, over-the-top, Aussie shiraz. But when I do, the Two Hands wines are the ones I prefer. Always well made and interesting.