WINE OF THE WEEK
2006 The Ojai Vineyard Syrah
2006 The Ojai Vineyard Syrah. (Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times)
It's the perfect 'cue wine, standing up to strong flavors and bold seasonings. But you'll taste more of the wine if you keep things somewhat subdued, or serve it with simple grilled lamb chops.
-- S. Irene Virbila
Region: Central Coast
Price: About $26
Style: Elegant and balanced
What it goes with: Barbecue, grilled lamb chops, steak
Where to find it: John and Pete's Fine Wines & Spirits in West Hollywood, (310) 657-3080, www.john; K&L Wine Merchants in Hollywood, (323) 464-9463, www.kl; Wally's Wine & Spirits in West Los Angeles, (310) 475-0606, www.wallywine; the Wine Country in Signal Hill, (562) 597-8303, www.thewine; and the Wine House in West Los Angeles, (310) 479-3731, www.winehouse. It is also available directly from the winery at www.ojaivineyard.