J Brut Rose, Non Vintage, California, $28 bottle
J has introduced this year's release in a new package, clear bottles letting you see the beautiful salmon rose color of the wine. Once you pop the cork, and it hits your mouth, notes of wild strawberries and lemon zest start the tasting experience. These carry nicely to the finish with additional flavors of red raspberries and light creaminess. You can imagine those soft red fruit notes and crisp and creamy citrus hints combining to make a magical tasting experience that will not break the bank. Terrific with oysters or fish, and it can be used with fruit desserts or to start an evening with style.
99 Bananas, United States, 99 Proof, $18
From the name, you can tell this has something to do with bananas -- and it does. This is a banana schnapps. It has a nose that reminds you of banana taffy, and extreme banana flavors. This is a terrific mixing schnapps, use it in any drink that you would want a banana flavor -- coladas, daiquiris, or try it in some new ones like a white Russian with a banana twist. If you want a banana explosion then grab a bottle of this. It will not disappoint.
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."