Charonge 2011, $10-$12: Meet the latest flavored wine, and I am not talking Sangria. This is a dry, vintage-dated Chardonnay at 13 percent alcohol that’s infused with orange flavoring — hence the name. Now don’t back off yet. It drinks like an adult aperitif — the orange flavoring is sweet but also bitter like the white pith of the peel and, for me, that’s the clincher. It would be perfect poured in a cocktail glass over ice. It’s not a food wine. Eric Novak, wine buyer at Hiller’s, calls it a “hot-weather deck wine.” It’s made at Delicato Family Vineyards. The frosted bottle sparked with orange tones will grab your eye. Find it at all Hiller’s markets; Merchant’s Fine Wine, Dearborn; Cost Plus, Detroit; Super Fine Wine, Canton; or Main Party Store, Ann Arbor. It’s just now reaching the market.
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