Villa Antinori ($17)
Demonstrate your ability to navigate the often mind-bending canals of the Italian wine landscape by bringing this gem from the Tuscany region. Michael Heckler, a beverage manager at Richard Sandoval's Pampano in New York, notes "It's akin to bringing a 1st growth Bordeaux's second label - Antinori is a legend among wine makers in Italy." Considered a 'super-Tuscan,' "it shows incredible finesse in winemaking at a highly affordable price."
Tasting Cheat Sheet: Supple and slightly jammy with lots of smoky plum and fresh licorice notes