This new brand, made by a ninth-generation French winemaker named Bernard Portet, entered the local market with an impressive start. That’s hardly surprising from a man who made the wines for the renowned Clos du Val in Napa Valley and who has a 40-year history of making fine wines. He assembles his wines in the style of a French negociant: He blends wines of different varieties grown in different terroirs to create a blend far greater than its individual parts. It’s easy drinking, but complex enough for fine cuisine, and it’s bargain priced compared to its Napa Valley peers. Blended with eight percent Merlot, it’s a classic Napa Cab with notes of red currants, blackberries, spice, and earth. Pair it with a good steak, rack of lamb, or roast pork. It’s a very good buy at Tastes of the Valleys Pismo Beach for only $27.99.