Abbazia di Novacella Kerner, Alto Adige, Italy, $34: "Tastes like a lightly sugared grapefruit. This is exactly the kind of wine you should ask about -- it's completely unfamiliar and hard to pronounce. Someone put it on the list because they just couldn't resist."
Albrecht "Réserve" Riesling, Alsace, France $40: "Riesling is so great with food. It's not always sweet! Give Riesling a chance."
Stuhlmuller Chardonnay, Alexander Valley, California, $50: "This toasty California Chardonnay has great fruit, mouth-watering crispness and a surprising touch of mineral."
Cold Heaven "Le Bon Climat" Viognier, Santa Barbara, California: $56: "Morgan Clendenen has devoted her winery exclusively to Viognier. This wine tastes like bright peach and melon."
Gramercy Cellars "Lagniappe" Syrah, Columbia Valley, Washington, $60: "Blue fruit, violets, smoke and meat. These Washington State Syrahs are perfect with almost anything from a grill."
Le Sang des Cailloux Vacqueyras, Southern Rhône, France, $60: "If you like Châteauneuf du Pape, try Vacqueyras or Gigondas -- same grapes, same basic flavor profile, lower price."
Château Dassault, Saint Émilion, Bordeaux, France, $60: "This is the least expensive Bordeaux on my list. I tasted it blind with my study group and fell for it. I searched all over and finally found it and placed it in my Right Bank section."
Becker Pinot Noir, Pfalz, Germany, $64: "German Pinot Noir. On the brighter and lighter side -- a great white wine drinker's red. Don't be scared."