Taste: Spirits: What To Drink

Sommelier Marnie Old recommends Fra Guerau Monstant, Laurenz V. Charming gruner veltliner and Concannon petite sirah this month.

Fra Guerau Montsant
With: The authentic Mexican offerings at BYOB Paxia in the Italian Market.
Drink: To complement Mexican favorites like mole, stick to wines with bold flavors that aren’t weighed down with too much oak or alcohol. Simple and delicious Fra Guerau Montsant (Chairman’s Selection, $8.99), a juicy red blend from Spain, fits the bill nicely. 

Laurenz V. Charming grüner veltliner
With: Simple Italian at Center City BYOB ­Melograno.
Drink: Fresh seafood and produce are best with versatile whites. Dry and midweight, Laurenz V. Charming grüner veltliner (Chairman’s Selection, $16.99) is a real BYOB star, packed with apple-y flavor and aromatics like celery and white pepper. 

Concannon petite sirah
With: The New American offerings at Bryn Mawr’s Blush on BYOB Tuesdays.
Drink: These dishes cry out for a big wine, like dense and gooey Concannon petite sirah ($13.99). Jammed with blueberry pie flavors and notes of tobacco and chocolate, this California red packs as much punch as the house-special blue cheese frites.