Summertime is usually beer season - and it has been - but wine deals seem to really be popping up. And from the most unexpected of places.
2012 Domaine Laroque Carcassonne $10
This $10 gem is a real surprise. Made of 100% Cab Franc, which often translates to taut and lean. Not this one. Ripe and well fleshed-out, there's a lot of drinking enjoyment to be had in this terrific value. Big enough to hold up to grilled meats, but crowd-friendly enough to enjoy pre-meal, too. If the label looks stuffy or formal that isn't it at all. But if it makes your neighbors think you paid a lot for it, who are you to correct them?