Whether grabbed as a gift on the go or as a delicately chosen offering for a connoseiur, there is a wine to fit every occasion and palate.
Affordable French red wine? Oui! Clos La Coutale 2008 ($14) is a bargain blend of malbec and merlot from Cahors in the southwest corner of France. Dark and tannic, as most malbecs are, but balanced with plummy fruit from the merlot. Finishes with rich dark chocolate. Enjoy it now with beef or duck.