Here's a wonderful Marsannay from the lieu dit (named vineyard) Clos du Roy at the top of Burgundy's Côte-de-Nuits. It'll knock your socks off, considering it's less than $30. If this is any indication of the quality of the 2005 vintage, start buying up beautiful village wines such as this one. Soft and lush, the Clos du Roy tastes of cherries and earth, something dark and something sweet. This is the wine for a perfect roast chicken or one cooked grandmother style -- with bacon and pearl onions. Open a bottle for a mushroom omelet or a cheese plate too. This Pinot will suit almost any occasion.
-- S. Irene Virbila
Style: Soft and lush
Food it goes with: Roast chicken or stew, mushroom omelet, steak frites, cheese
Where you find it: Davy Jones Liquor Locker in Venice, (310) 399-0200; Greenblatt's Deli & Fine Wines in West Hollywood, (310) 656-0606; Vendome Liquors in Toluca Lake, (818) 766-9593; Wine Exchange in Orange, (714) 974-1454 and (800) 769-4639, www.winex.com; the Wine Gallery in Corona del Mar, (949) 675-3410; the Wine House in West L.A., (310) 479-3731, www.winehouse.com; Wine Pavilion in Lake Forest, (877) 338-9463 or (949) 206-9531; and the Wine Room in Irvine, (949) 585-9463 and (866) 585-9463.