Domaine de Nizas Coteaux du Languedoc 2006 ($15)
A vineyard arm from the well known California maker Clos du Val, goes off the well-trodden path of Burgundy and Bordeaux and surprises the boss with this heavy hitting gem of the southern French provence, Languedoc. With the essence of the Mediterranean, this elegant wine impresses with soft spice flavors yet bold structure. It's also very versatile: Sip it while enjoying hor'dourves or pair with the main course.
Tasting Cheat Sheet: Blueberry, spices and lavender perfume with perfectly ripe tannins