2009 Domaine de la Janasse Côtes-du-Rhône Villages "Terre d'Argile"
Loving this Côtes-du-Rhône Villages from a vineyard next door to the Domaine's Châteauneuf-du Pape vines in Courthézon. No simple red, Domaine de la Janasse's cuvée "Terre d'Argile" is a blend of 55% Grenache with lesser amounts of Syrah, Carignan, Cinsault and Mourvèdre. The scents of dark berries, earth and something wild and smoky are all right there. The color is intense, the flavors rich and deep. A beautiful bottle for wood-grilled or roasted meats, a burger or a pastrami sandwich.
Region: Southern Rhone, France
Price: About $15
Style: Rustic and easy drinking
What it goes with: Pork or lamb chops, roast turkey, meatballs, pastrami sandwich
Where to find it: Hi-Time Wine Cellars in Costa Mesa, (949) 650-8463, http://www.hitimewine.net; K&L Wine Merchants in Hollywood, (323) 464-9463, http://www.klwines.com; the Wine Club in Santa Ana, (714) 835-6485, http://www.thewineclub.com; and Wine Exchange in Orange, (714) 974-1454, http://www.winex.com