WHAT: Cuatro Pasos Mencia 2006 (red) Rating: NNNN
WHERE: Bierzo, Spain
WHY: Affairs of the heart should never be conducted over bad wine, so seek out this Spaniard when you hit the liquor store on Valentine's Day. Bodegas Martin Códax's Mencia (a lesser-known grape variety) offers deep, fruity flavour accompanied by a four-square structural framework. The label is decorated with high-gloss red-ink paw prints. Buy it for your significant other and say those tracks represent the marks that will be left on the floor of your soul should he/she ever leave you.
PRICE: 750 ml/$16.95
AVAILABILITY: At selected Vintages outlets as of February 14 (product #39313)