From: Livermore Valley, Calif.
Price: $16
Serve with: Grilled red meat, pasta in red sauce

Concannon is one of California's masters of petite sirah, one of the state's best but most underrated red wine grapes. This premium version, a step up from its high-value basic version, is exceptionally complex for its price. It's a full-bodied wine with intense flavors of chocolate, coffee, blackberry, herbs and that distinct dustiness that is characteristic of petite sirah. This wine is very easy to drink now but can age for a decade or more. This is one of those wines that can be a foundation of a wine cellar for a person of middling means.

--Michael Dresser