2007 Quinta do Vallado Douro Vinho Tinto
Dry red wines from the Douro Valley in Portugal, the traditional source for Port grapes, are the new story in this gorgeous wine region to the north of Lisbon. Top Douro wines command high prices, but here's a beauty that's priced for the everyday table. The 2007 Vallado Douro is easy-drinking and delicious. Bursting with fruit, bright with the tastes of blueberry, cherries and plums, it is smooth going, as versatile a wine as a cru Beaujolais or a top-notch Chianti, say.
It's perfect with pizza, a simple roast chicken or a grilled skirt steak. It's a bottle to keep on hand for any occasion.
Region: Douro, Portugal
Price: About $20
Style: Elegant and smooth
What it goes with: pizza, roast chicken, grilled skirt steak
Where to find it: K&L Wine Merchants in Hollywood, (323) 464-9463, http://www.klwines.com; Los Angeles Wine Co. in Los Angeles, (800) 854-8466, and Palm Desert, (760) 346-1763, http://www.lawineco.com; Twenty Twenty Wine Merchants in West Los Angeles, (310) 447-2020, http://www.2020wines.com; Wine Exchange in Orange, (714) 974-1454, http://www.winex.com; and Woodland Hills Wine Co. in Woodland Hills, (818) 222-1111, http://www.whwc.com.