Chestnut Oak is a young winery north of Charlottesville, Virginia, that is in distribution and showing promise. The whites are better than the reds, including a crisp, refreshing bottling of vidal blanc and a richer, tropical fruity petit manseng. Also this week, a lovely, delicate red from northern Italy, a minerally sauvignon blanc from the Loire Valley and a tasty Oregon pinot at a reasonable price.

La Capuccina Vespolina Colline Novaresi 2015

3 stars

Piemonte, Italy, $26

Vespolina is a red grape that produces a light, aromatic and expressive wine. The La Capuccina is the antithesis of the inky, brawny and powerful modern ideal of a red wine. Instead, it floats across your palate like the scent of a rose bush on the other side of a garden wall. Alcohol by volume: 13 percent.

Chestnut Oak Vineyard Alba White Table Wine 2016

2.5 stars

Monticello, Virginia, $17

This crisp and delicate white wine is made from vidal blanc, one of the French American hybrid grape varieties that helped viticulture thrive in the eastern United States before European vinifera varieties became the fashion. But if you think hybrids are inferior, this delicious wine should convince you otherwise. ABV: 12.5 percent.

Chestnut Oak Vineyard Petit Manseng 2015

2 stars

Virginia, $26

Petit Manseng has become a darling of Virginia's vintners and wine lovers because of its delightful tropical fruit flavors and its ability to carry both acidity and sweetness. The Chestnut Oak is a dry version, with a rich mouthfeel that makes it a good partner for substantial seafood dishes or cheeses. ABV: 13.5 percent.

Domaine Ricard Le Petiot 2016

2 stars

Touraine, Loire Valley, France, $15

This is a tight, minerally sauvignon blanc reminiscent of Sancerre or Pouilly-Fumé, the more prestigious and expensive Loire appellations. ABV: 12.5 percent.

Les Brebis Pinot Noir 2016

2 stars

Willamette Valley, Oregon, $20

This is solid, good-quality Oregon pinot noir, at a reasonable price. What more need be said? Oh yeah, the label's cool. ABV: 13.6 percent.

Three stars exceptional, two stars excellent, one star very good. Prices are approximate. Check to verify availability, or ask a favorite wine store to order through a distributor.