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.
Chateau Ste. Michelle & Dr. Loosen Riesling "Eroica" ($18)
Show your boss that you know the USA can still hang with the old world players by gifting this bottle - a collaboration between one of the States most established Riesling growers and one of the world's most gifted wine-makers. Expect a bold mouthfeel (a common term among wine aficionados, referring to the physical and chemical interaction in the mouth) that will sip nicely on its own, but can also stand up to a variety of dishes from spicy Asian to bold American fare.
Tasting Cheat Sheet:
Riesling often gets a bad rap for being sticky sweet - especially the domestic varieties with the balanced and off dry; notes of grapefruit, lemon and honeysuckle.