A 4-year-old red from Rioja for less than $20? That's why Bodegas Sierra Cantabria always gets such high marks for its price/quality ratio. Winemaker Marcos Eguren conjures up a delicious intro-level Rioja, one that anybody would be proud to serve. Modern in style, it has both fruit and intensity without sacrificing elegance. Layers of blackberries and spice and its well-integrated tannins make the 2007 Sierra Cantabria Rioja "Crianza" a great quaffing wine.
Have it with grilled sausages, charcuterie, tapas and first courses. Put a steak on the grill and pop open a bottle for a great quick supper.
Price: About $18
Style: Fruity and elegant
What it goes with: Tapas, charcuterie, grilled sausage
Where to find it: Hi-Time Wine Cellars in Costa Mesa, (949) 650-8463, http://www.hitimewine.net; Mission Wine & Spirits in Pasadena, (626) 794-7026, http://www.missionwineandspirits.com; Wine Country in Signal Hill, (562) 597-8303, http://www.thewinecountry.com; and Wine House in West Los Angeles, (310) 479-3731, http://www.winehouse.com.