A red from Spain's Bierzo region, the 2009 Pago de Valdoneje is 100% Mencia from vines that are 60 to 100 years old. The gorgeous ruby wine is incredibly aromatic, tasting of spice and earth. It has a wildness and a complexity that's unbelievable at the price. It's made by Raul Perez, one of Bierzo's star enologists, whose own wines sell for much much more.
Drink it with a plate of jamón ibérico and Spanish chorizo, with hearty bean soups and stews, arroz con pollo and anything from the grill or barbecue.
Region: Bierzo, Spain
Price: $10 to $14
Style: Rich and full-bodied
What it goes with: Serrano ham, bean soups and stews, barbecue
Where to find it: The Cheese Store of Beverly Hills, (310) 278-2855; Lincoln Fine Wines in Venice, (310) 392-7816, http://www.lincolnfinewines.com; Topline Wine & Spirits in Glendale, (818) 500-9670, http://www.toplinewine.com; Wine Exchange in Orange, (714) 974-1454, http://www.winex.com; the Wine House in West Los Angeles, (310) 479-3731, http://www.winehouse.com; Woodland Hills Wine Co. in Woodland Hills, (818) 222-1111, http://www.whwc.com; among others.