Las Rocas 2009 Garnacha (750mL), $11-$12
“Hemingway loved this wine,” you tell an intimate gathering at the party. “And so does Javier Bardem, who shared a bottle with me at a recent Oscar party that I hosted for the King of the North.” All lies of course, but this is true: Grenache (or Garnacha, as it is called in Spain) is king among wine geeks right now and this one comes from 80yr-old vines that produce tiny berries packed with flavor and a fresh, juicy wine of dark cherry, anise, and savory notes.
Clos Siguier 2011 Cahors (750mL), $10-$12
Enough already with all those Argentinian Malbecs you keep bringing to the party -- if the people hosting know anything about wine, they’ll think you’re boring. Show up with this French gem and make sure to tell everyone: “It’s the best Malbec from France, earthy and fruity, and the French have been growing Malbec for centuries, long before Argentinian winemakers.