Here's the wine to tote to dinner when someone is grilling a rack of humongous beef ribs or some mighty burgers. Eruption is a Lake County red from grapes grown on the slopes of an extinct volcano. Can't get much more exotic than that, can you? The blend is Syrah, Tempranillo, Malbec, Grenache, Mourvèdre, Petite Sirah, and — ta dum — Zinfandel, with Syrah at the highest percentage, 22%.
This is a rich, full-bodied red with bright fruit and flavors of tobacco, earth and chocolate. Tannins are supple, the flavors tightly knit. A great California red for the price. Consulting winemaker David Ramey nails it on this one.
Region: Lake County, Calif.
Price: $15 to $20
Style: Rich and full-bodied
What it goes with: Beef ribs, barbecue, burgers, standing rib roast
Where to find it: Amazing Grapes Wine Store in Rancho Santa Margarita, (949) 888-9007, wwwamazinggrapeswinestore.com; Bacchus Wine Made Simple in Manhattan Beach, (310) 372.2021, http://www.bacchuswinesla.com; Beverage Warehouse in Los Angeles (Marina del Rey), (310) 306-2822, http://www.beveragewarehouse.com; Fine Wine House in Pasadena, (877) 981-6555, http://www.finewinehouse.com; K&L Wine Merchants in Hollywood, (323) 464-9463, http://www.klwines.com; KNS Wine in Corona, (951) 272 0697, http://www.knswine.com; Mel & Rose Wine & Spirits in West Hollywood, (323) 655-5557, http://www.melandrose.com; Wally's Wine & Spirits in West Los Angeles, (310) 475-0606, http://www.wallywine.com; and the Wine House in West Los Angeles, (310) 479-3731, http://www.winehouse.com.