Chapoutier, ­Belleruche, Côtes du Rhône 2003: “Excellent-value wine.” ($12)

Domaine Houchart, Côtes de Provence Rosé 2004 ($10) and Domaine Pommery, Pop Rosé Champagne ($12): “Men are often afraid rosé will be too sweet. These are dry.”

Joseph Drouhin, Beaujolais-Villages 2003: “One of many great Beaujolais-­Villages in the $8 to $12 range.” ($12)

Tortoise Creek, Sauvignon Blanc 2004: “Terrific value and has a screw cap, which I’m a big fan of.” ($9)

Les Jamelles, varietals 2003: “The wines from Les Jamelles are very well made.” ($18)

Georges Duboeuf, Chardonnay Réserve 2003: “Great for drinking on its own.” ($9)

Val d’Orbieu, Reserve St. Martin, Merlot 2003: “Very food-friendly.” ($9)