A good, earthy Burgundy for less than $20? I couldn't believe it. And not some plonk from a shady négociant but a lovely expression of Pinot Noir from the respected house of Louis Jadot. Named for the 15th century convent where Jadot used to make its wines until the 1970s, the grapes for this wine come from the Côte Chalonnaise and Côte de Beaune, plus a little from the Côtes de Nuits.
Gentle, yet full of Burgundy character, this is the perfect medium-weight wine for a buttery roast chicken, a plate of sautéed chanterelles, a cheese soufflé or a chicken pot pie.
Price: About $17
Style: Earthy and gentle
What it goes with: Chicken pot pie, turkey, sautéed mushrooms, cheese soufflé
Where to find it: Topline Wine & Spirits in Glendale, (818) 500-9670, http://www.toplinewine.com; and Wine Exchange in Orange, (714) 974-1454 and (800) 76-WINEX, http://www.winex.com.