Pop a Cork: Favorite Wines from Local Experts

Wine experts from Haskell’s and Top Ten Wine and Spirits suggest five wine options.

These March end-of-winter days call for a pick-me-up. We asked Haskell’s Beau Farrell and Top Ten Wine and Spirits’ Bill Abrahamson for their best wine picks this month.

Top Ten Wine and Spirits

Ippolito 1845 Liber Pater Ciro Rosso 2012
This unique red wine is made from the Gagloppo grape variety found just outside of Ciró Marina in Calabria. You’ll discover flavors of berries and spice, soft tannins and a crisp acidity. Liber Pater is perfectly paired with grilled seafood and fowl. ($19.99)

Tenshen White Blend Santa Barbara County 2014
Flavored with peach and apricot, this rich white wine boasts a floral nose and fruit aromas. A blend of Viognier, Roussanne, Grenache Blanc and Chardonnay, this white blend has a long finish of tropical fruits and spice. ($19.99)


La Ferme du Mont ‘Premiere Cote’ Cotes du Rhone
From Southern France’s Rhone Valley, this versatile red wine can be paired with everyday foods such as barbeque or pizza. ($11.99)

Vina Robles ‘Huerhuero’ Cabernet Sauvignon
This bold red, from the vineyards of Paso Robles in central California, pairs well with roast beef, pulled pork and fish. ($15.99)

Tobias Cabernet Sauvignon

Tobias Forman, son of legendary wine maker Rick Forman, provides the pedigree of a luscious California Cabernet at an affordable cost. Enjoy with grilled filet mignon or grilled beef ($49.99—buy one bottle, get the second free).