2010 Santa Julia Torrontes, Argentina; $10
This winery has been active in taking care of the environment and its employees. It uses 100-percent sustainable farmed grapes and green fertilizers and has social-welfare, wildlife-preservation and water-recycling programs. This wine is terrific for summer menus in the South. It delivers great fruit and acid that stands up to tomatoes and citrus, but also complements seafood and chicken. It starts with a nose of lime zest and floral notes. The flavors are crisp and clean, with notes of honeysuckle, ripe red grapefruit and lemon zest. On the finish there are notes of lemon meringue creaminess. It's one of the best whites wines at this price point that I have tasted in a long time.
Familia Camarena Tequila Reposado, Mexico; $20
This is a great reposado for the price. It starts with a nose of soft vanilla and spice. Once it hits the mouth, the flavors flow like silk. Notes of sweet oakiness and butter are balanced with the classic reposado flavors. There are a lot of terrific flavors and complexity in this tequila treasure. The most important quality cue to look for when purchasing tequila is to make sure the label indicates it's made from 100 percent pure agave. That's your guarantee that the tequila you are drinking is made with no additives, flavoring or coloring. Tequila labeled "Oro," "Joven" or "Gold" indicates designation as a "mixto," a lesser-quality tequila made with equal parts agave and cane sugar distillates that can oftentimes lead to hangovers.
Lain Bradford is a wine writer and reviewer who has achieved his first level master sommelier certificate and is working toward his Certified Wine Educator degree. He only writes about beverages that are available in South Carolina and Georgia. Follow him on Twitter under the name "winereview."