The Grape Nut

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Looking for an excuse to troll the aisles of your favorite local wine shop (even more than you already do)? Sip on these local winemakers’ most recent releases.

2011 Labor Wines Pinot Blanc

This is the first white wine from Las Vegan Corey Nyman’s Labor Wines. His pinot blanc explodes with flavors of lychee, Asian pear, Gravenstein apple and citrus, an ideal mate for any Asian cuisine. The higher acidity also makes for a welcome refreshment on a hot day. Just 112 cases exist so get on it beginning with an in-store tasting 3-5 p.m. June 23 at Eat! Drink! in the Cosmopolitan. $23.99, Khoury’s Fire Wine & Spirits and $26, Marché Bacchus, LaborWines.com.

2010 Labor Wines Pinot Noir

Labor Wines’ second pinot noir vintage is an interesting follow-up to 2009’s uncharacteristically warm growing season. The 2010 brings us back to the classic Oregon profile: smoke on the nose, lean and balanced. “If there was ever a food wine,” Nyman says, “that’s it right there.” 336 cases this year, up from 280. $29.99, Khoury’s Fire Wine & Spirits and $30, Marché Bacchus, LaborWines.com.

2009 “The Grotto” by Rock ’n’ Roll Wine

The fifth release of this full-bodied, fruit-forward and approachable California red blend evolves with each year. The 2009 leans a little heavier on the zin than in past years, with a balance of syrah and petite sirah, and just a touch of petite verdot. On the nose you’ll get aromas of ripe berry fruit, vanilla and cinnamon, and on the palate, rich blackberry with a hint of spice and a rounded, toasted oak finish. $15, Total Wine & More, RockNRollWine.com.

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