The good news: The boss invited you to dinner. The bad news: You should probably bring a host gift. Before you choke and grab that jug of white zin, check out the expert recs for excellent wine under $20.
Don’t be upset if your host doesn’t uncork this right away. Another low-cost label from an esteemed Italian winemaker, the Palazzo della Torre is a stellar red wine with rich flavors of chocolate, dark fruit and spice. While it's ready to drink right away, it will probably taste even better when kept in the cellar for a few years. Your host just might want to save it for another special occasion.
Hint: If you're serving this at a home, pair it with appetizers of cured meats and light bodied cheeses.
Tasting Cheat Sheet: Wild berries, vanilla and currants, with an elegant palate of chocolate and ripe red fruit.