With Hahn Meritage 2007
Good Value Red of the Year (Central Coast; $16)
Perfect pairing: Teriyaki Tri-Tip
Why it works: This blend of all of the traditional Bordeaux grapes (Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, and Malbec) is on the dark and brooding side, pushing it toward hearty cuts of meat.
A marinade heavy on soy sauce and some charring from the grill helps that pairing along too.
Over the wine’s heart of darkness, though, is a layer of lush fruit that doesn’t mind that the marinade has a touch of sweetness.