Looking for something different in terms of red wine? Try this lovely 100% Mencia aged in French oak from the tiny, highly regarded Algueira winery in Galicia. It tastes of blueberries and blackberries, cool forest and earth. Rich and intense, the 2007 Adega Algueira "Algueira" is reminiscent of a northern Rhone and has the acidity to hold its own against big, bold flavors.
Region: Galicia, Spain
Price: From $25 to $32
Style: Rich and full-bodied
What it goes with: Brisket, calves liver, tripe, pork and beef
Where to find It: K&L Wine Merchants in Hollywood, (323) 464-9463, http://www.klwines.com; Silverlake Wine in Los Angeles, (323) 662-9024, http://www.silverlakewine.com; the Wine House in West Los Angeles, (310) 479-3731, http://www.winehouse.com; and Woodland Hills Wine Co. in Woodland Hills, (818) 222-1111, http://www.whwc.com.