Just because you can’t visit your favorite wine bar doesn’t mean you can’t swirl, sniff and sip in style. Our Director of Food & Beverage Adam Loeffel recently chatted with Chris Siudzinski, Manager of Thief Wine Shop & Bar in the Milwaukee Public Market.

Locally owned, Thief is currently open for curbside pickup and stocked with many of our favorite wines. Here, Chris shares five bottles to add to your wine rack this week — all around $20 and under:

Elvio Tintero 2019 Arneis, Langhe Italy ($14.95)
“It’s a crisp, fresh, easy-drinking white from Piedmont (a lesser-known Italian varietal), here produced in a very crowd-pleasing style.”

Renieri 2015 “Invetro,” Tuscany Italy ($17.95)
“A blend of Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, this Tuscan blend is incredibly food friendly and easily satisfies many palates. Inexpensive and high quality  — it’s a steal.”

Ruggeri NV “Giall’Oro” Prosecco, Valdobbiadene Italy ($9.95 for a 375mL bottle)
“The perfect wine for brunch or easy-drinking, and the half-bottle size is great if you don’t want to commit to a full 750 mL bottle. It’s inexpensive and delicious.”

Eric Kent 2019 Rose, Sonoma Coast California ($22.95)
“We’ve carried the Wisconsin exclusive on this wine for years now and get phone calls year-round to see when this wine will be back in stock. Full-bodied and fruit-forward, though still dry and with a crisp acidity, this rose is one of our personal favorites. From the trippy label to the wine itself, this wine truly is spectacular in every way.  This wine tends to sell out pretty dang fast, so don’t think — just stock up.”

Tomas Cusine el Vilosell 2017 “Llebre” Tempranillo, Costers del Segre Spain ($13.95)
“Tempranillo can be one of the most crowd-pleasing and food friendly of wines but not everybody has reveled in the value the grape can offer. Here, 100 percent Tempranillo from the lesser-known Costers del Segre region of northeastern Spain is perfect for grilled foods and barbecue, as well as all by itself. It’s wonderfully versatile and just plain tasty.”

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