It's the time of year for rich, full-bodied reds, and this week that would be the Langmeil Barossa "Three Gardens." A blend of Shiraz, Mourvèdre and Grenache, the 2009 has an understated elegance and a beautiful, silky texture. The fruit is bright with a touch of sweet spice and smooth tannins.
Bring it to a holiday dinner party or give some lucky red wine lover a bottle as a gift. At about $18, it's a bargain.
Drink it with prime rib, braised lamb shanks, roasts and stews.
Region: Barossa, Australia
Price: About $18
Style: Rich and full-bodied
What it goes with: Braised lamb shank, prime rib, roasts and stews
Where to find it: K&L Wine Merchants in Hollywood, (323) 464-9463, http://www.klwines.com; Wally's Wine & Spirits in West Los Angeles, (310) 475-0606, http://www.wallywine.com; and Wine Exchange in Orange, (714) 974-1454, http://www.winex.com.