Santa Julia [+] Torrontes 2010, $9-$10: Torrontes? Think Pinot Grigio with more herbal, floral, spicy flavors. This one gets raves from local wine sellers for its dry, crisp, clean flavors, body and price. Santa Julia [+] has the plus symbol after the name to indicate the added value of family-grown grapes and commitment to sustainable practices. It’s a new line from the Zuccardi family, longtime Argentine growers. Santa Julia rides the wave of Earth-minded wineries stressing energy conservation, sustainable and organic farming methods, lighter glass bottles, screw caps and overperformance for the price. You’ll also find a super Malbec priced the same. Look for Santa Julia [+] at Cloverleaf Fine Wine in Royal Oak; Westborn Market, Dearborn, Berkley and Livonia; Plum Market, Ann Arbor; Joe’s Produce, Livonia; and Hillers, Commerce Township.
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