McPrice Myers Les Galets Syrah

Midway between San Francisco and Los Angeles in the Central Coast wine appellation is Paso Robles, the new benchmark region for California Syrah. My favorite bottle from this area is McPrice Myers Les Galets Syrah 2008. This highly rated, ultra-limited-production red combines the best of old world and new, balancing Rhône depth, complexity and structure with Aussie-style ripe berry flavor. Crafted from 100% Syrah, this boutique wine provides electric purple power with finesse, focus and as much energy as a sold-out championship game in Tiger Stadium. This one-varietal wonder delivers autumn herbs, sweet spice and dark cherry liqueur with a long, smooth finish. Prescribed by my physiatrist and recommended by my stockbroker, it’s definitely a buy-now commodity. For a gourmet’s delight, order a bottle of Les Galets at Bacchus Bistro and Wine Bar, where it pairs perfectly with their Artisan Cheese and Charcuterie. Or add it to the tailgate and feel confident you’ll be serving a crowd pleaser that’s sip-alone delicious, yet bold enough to handle the entire mixed grill. And with this $40 investment, you’re sure to score!

Scott Reis is a venture capitalist whose prior investments include Churchill’s Cigar and Wine Bar as well as Grand Cru Market and Wine Cellar. E-mail Scott at [email protected].