This is a wine I've bought quite often to enjoy before or with dinner. It is so versitile - smooth, not too heavy, and pairs well with many foods. A friend of mine, who lived in France for many years, and has a very sophisticated palate for food and wine, had a glass at my house one evening. He inquired about the wine and said it was quite good - and was surprised to learn that it was priced under 8 dollars a bottle. I wasn't sure if he was being kind, until I saw that he recommended this to another friend as the red wine to serve at their wedding!