Although they no longer produce wine under the Franzia label, California’s Franzia family continues to innovate; marketing quality affordable wines under a variety of labels, perhaps most notably their Charles Shaw brand (a.k.a. “Two Buck Chuck”). Enter their most recent effort: Six Degrees Pinot Noir. Winemaker Bob Stashak has taken grapes from several appellations and created a classic California Pinot with aromas of ripe black and red fruit, a touch of peppery spice and a judicious dollop of oak – all for a fraction of what most quality Pinot Noir goes for these days. The delicate blend of plum, cherry, strawberry and spicy vanilla tastes are framed by soft tannins and a pleasant acidic tang – the perfect summer break from the heavier reds we often reach for in colder months. Food match: broiled fresh bluefish; grilled burgers smothered with sautéed onions and mushrooms.