Lirac may not have the cachet of nearby Châteauneuf-du-Pape, but I've sometimes scoured wine shops in France looking to turn up a bottle of Domaine de la Mordorée's exquisite "Cuvée de la Reine des Bois." Fortunately, it's somewhat easier to find here in Southern California. It's worth seeking out any year, but the 2010 may be the best the domaine has ever made — juicy, dark and wild, tasting of ripe berries and plums that drip down your chin. Super-rich and super-concentrated, this blend of equal parts Grenache, Mourvèdre and Syrah needs bold food. Definitely daube de boeuf with black olives, chicken with black truffles tucked under the skin, or thick grilled pork chops.
Region: Southern Rhone Valley
Price: From $25 to $37
Style: Rich and full-bodied
What it goes with: Daube de boeuf, chicken with truffles, grilled pork chops.
Where to find it: BestWinesOnline.com, (888) 817-8880, http://www.bestwinesonline.com; Wally's Wine & Spirits in West Los Angeles, (310) 475-0606, http://www.wallywine.com; Wine Exchange in Orange, (714) 974-1454, http://www.winex.com; and Woodland Hills Wine Co. in Woodland Hills, (800) 678-9463, http://www.whwc.com.