Vines grown in sandy soil produce a wine that's round and supple, with light, graceful tannins. Burgaud's Vallières comes from 50-year-old vines. The result is an elegant, refined Beaujolais that hints at Burgundy. Vivid and quick, it is Gamay at its best with tastes of cherries and sweet spices. And it's a terrific value.
This could be a contender for turkey day but would pair beautifully with any roast bird or pork roast. Bring it on for meatballs or for a light supper of soup and cheese.
Price: about $17 to $19
Style: refined and complex
What it goes with: roast birds, pork roast, meatballs, soups
Where to find it: K&L Wine Merchants in Hollywood, (323) 464-9463, http://www.klwines.com; Mission Wines in South Pasadena, (626) 403-9463, http://www.missionwines.com; and Red Carpet Wine Merchants in Glendale, (818) 247-5544, http://www.redcarpetwine.com.