Z. Alexander Brown: Unless you are a country music fan, you probably don't know who Zac Brown is. But in addition to singing songs with Jimmy Buffett, he has also teamed up with winemaker John Killebrew to make "Uncaged" wines. We tried the smooth 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon ($19.99), and we were happy to be knee-deep in it. The wine didn't last long once it was open. Even the white wine lovers in the bunch enjoyed the opening notes of black cherry, which then segued into a chocolatey — or is it mocha? — finish.
On our list to try: the 2014 Uncaged Proprietary Red Blend. Check the store locator on www.zalexanderbrown.com
The Martha Stewart Collection: OK, so Martha isn't actually out making wine. What, you think she has time with fall craft season coming up? Making wreaths takes up a lot of time (or so I hear). What Martha does is curate the collection [to curate: a made-up verb that means to choose a bunch of related items and slap your name on it]. To translate, she "handpicks" the wines she likes and then sells them individually or as a set.
Since we are figuring on at least six more weeks of summer here in Miami, we tried some of the rosé, which you order online at www.marthastewartwine.com
2016 Racine Cotes du Provence ($17.99): So crisp! So dry! It's like it was made for drinking in the summer heat. Our favorite of the bunch.
2016 Villa Ruby Caresse de Rose ($18.99): This Grenache blend is fruity without being sweet and comes in a sexy bottle.
2016 Les Murieres Coup du Rosé ($22.99): This dry wine grows on you, but there's an odd, unidentifiable aftertaste here that we just couldn't place. At this price? You can do better.
2016 Abbazia Moscato Rose Dolce ($14.99): Step away from this sparkling wine unless you are a fan of sweet stuff. Otherwise you will be completely horrified.