Wine: Eye-catching values
“In most cases, wines with gimmicky names like ‘Nat Cool’ are a turnoff,” said Eric Asimov in The New York Times. “They reek of marketing more than careful winemaking.” But it sometimes pays to look past cutesy labels, because some adhere to pleasing sub-$20 wines.
2017 Niepoort Nat Cool Bairrada ‘Drink Me’ Tinto ($18). Behind those silly eyes on the label hides “a delicious thirst quencher” with earthy fruit notes. It’s made by a visionary Portuguese-based producer and sold by the liter.
2018 Broc Cellars ‘Le Clairet’ ($20). The cartoonish label promises “the perfect red”—and for burgers, it may be. Created by a standout California producer, it’s an uncommon cabernet sauvignon—“fresh and bright, with pure radiant fruit, lively acidity, and nary a tannin.”
2016 Pittnauer Burgenland ‘Pitti’ ($13). Look for a small bird below big letters shouting ‘pitti.’ An Austrian red blend, it’s “lightly fruity with just a touch of chocolate.” ■