A classic Bordeaux blend of Cabernet, Merlot and a little Cabernet Franc, Aia comes from Miner Family Vineyards in Napa Valley. For a Napa Valley Cabernet of this quality, it's a steal. It has everything going for it -- a mouthful of berries and spice, a touch of French oak and smooth, ripe tannins. A great bottle for the holiday table that both wine aficionados and novices can get behind.
It should suit a standing rib roast or the Christmas goose as well as a terrific burger. Drink it now, or cellar a few bottles to see how it matures.
Region: Napa Valley
Price: About $25
Style: Soft and lush
Food it goes with: Roasted and grilled meats, poultry
Where you find it: Available at fine wine retailers throughout Southern California
-- S. Irene Virbila