Region: Crozes-Hermitage, Rhone Valley, France
Pierre Gaillard has been in love with vineyards all his life, so much so that he was caught plowing a neighbor’s vineyard with a horse when he was 12. Now he has vineyards of his own to work and focuses on making classic Rhone wines like this medium bodied Syrah. With pronounced notes of bacon and dark berries and well-balanced tannins, this is the red to open when you can't quite decide what to drink. It will just as happily pair with a grilled cheese and tomato soup as it would a heartier steak.