The Butcher’s Pantry: 12 under $12

1- Pasqua Chianti: A Highly regarded DOCG Sangiovese from the Chianti region in Tuscany Italy. Velvety and smooth with traditional blackberry and red fruit notes this wine will go well with red meat and deep rich sauces. $9.99


2- Domaine du Pouy: A dry, white wine from the Gascogne region in southeast France I have three bottles of this in my refrigerator at all times. A tremendous value! Pairs well with our smoked chicken, pasta or movie night on the couch. $8.99


3- Monte Antico: A blend of Sangiovese, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon this was the Best Buy for November from Wine Spectator. Well balanced and lightly oaked picture yourself on a Tuscan hillside and dine as the Italians would do. $11.99


4- Lagaria Pinot Grigio: This wine over delivers for a Pinot Grigio. From Northeastern Italy you get a bright, crisp, refreshing glass of wine that would pair well with fish, light pasta, chicken and cheese. $9.99


5- Cave de Lugny Macon Villages: This Chardonnay gives you everything you should expect from the region of Burgundy. No oak, bright green apple, an earthy minerality and a refreshing finish. Start your Burgundy adventure here and see where the region takes you. $9.99


6- OZV Old Vine Zinfandel- A robust zinfandel with jammy raspberry and chocolate notes. Great for a cold night with chili or braised beef. $11.99


7- Yalumba Unwooded Chardonnay: From Southern Australia, the Yalumba winery is a world leader in biodynamic and sustainable wine making. Australian wines never went away but their reputation is definitely on the rebound. $11.99


8- Fantini Farnese Montepulciano D’Abruzzo: From Southern Italy we will get a fuller, warmer Sangiovese. Notes of cocoa and raspberry this is very drinkable on cold nights when you want a glass of wine to warm you up. $9.99


9- Domaine Laroque: 100% Cabernet Franc from Carcassonne region of southern France. Red berries, vanilla and hints of pepper follow this well balanced wine that pairs well with most Mediterranean cuisine. $9.99


10- Starborough Sauvignon Blanc: A great example of what New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc is all about. Bright and refreshing, fresh grass and grapefruit notes. Chill, serve and don't look back…this region is an emerging Star! $10.99


11-Chateau de Campuget Rhone Red: From southern Rhone in France this Grenache blend is spicy and dry but smooth with its notes of red berry. $11.99


12- Les Vignobles Foncalieu Merlot: Merlot and the southern coast of France can at times go hand in hand and this is no exception. A great buy to explore a very traditional grape variety. $9.99