1999 Montpellier Vineyards Syrah ($7). This California red wine won't dazzle you with its complexity, but it's off the charts in terms of value. It's chunky, ripe and bright -- without the roughness you often get from reds costing about this much. It offers straightforward black currant, blackberry and plum fruit in a medium-bodied style with a touch of smoked meat and herbs. This wine shows more of the true syrah character than most Australian shirazes (same grape). Serve this with hamburgers, pasta, grilled chicken, steaks or anything that will stand up to a flavorful red.