You like to think you’re a gracious host, but how do you become a better guest? Bring the right wine, advises Jill Bernheimer, the owner of Domaine LA. Here’s her no-fail gift list, available at her shop.
For the Foodie / Less Pricey: 2013 Les Vins Contés Poivre et Sel ($23) is made from obscure Pineau d'Aunis grapes at a tiny French vineyard. Its white pepper undertones nicely accent turkey.
For the Foodie / More Dear: The 2011 Coenobium Ruscum ($28), made by winemaker Paolo Bea from grapes harvested by nuns (nuns!), pairs well with rosemary, thyme and sage.
For the Wine Snob / Less Pricey: 2013 Clos de la Roilette Cuvée Christal Fleurie ($20) is a high acid Beaujolais with a backbone of sophisticated florals.
For the Wine Snob / More Dear: Bordeaux is making a comeback--2010 Clos du Jaugueyron Margaux "Nout" ($55) is from a small family-owned property.
For Secret Santas / Super-Cheap Get 2013 Chateau Oupia "Les Heretiques" Carignan Blend ($11), a jammy red that’s more complex than most grocery-store brands.
For Secret Santas / Still Pretty Cheap Support Cali pride with full-bodied 2013 Cane & Fable Cabernet Sauvignon ($20) from Paso Robles’s Andrew Jones.
Domaine LA, 6801 Melrose Ave.; 323-932-0280 or domainela.com