Here's a great little wine I had Friday night--the 2003 Waterbrook Mélange. I'd picked it up on the recommendation of a trusted local wine shop owner, but I gave that bottle away as a gift for an unexpected visitor during the holidays. So last week I picked up another bottle, and was anxious to open it on Friday.
Some of the creative wine blends out there are a load of fun, and this is definitely in that category. In fact, if you ever have a blind tasting and want to confuse people, try this: 33% Cabernet Sauvignon, 26% Sangiovese, 25% Merlot, 13% Syrah, 3% Cabernet Franc. The overall flavor doesn't really taste like any of those grapes, but you get bits of them at different points in the tasting.
I seem to recall the bottle was around $15. It's a pretty all-purpose red, not bad to keep on hand as a backup. Though it should be good with most beef dishes, it's flavor is unique enought that it might be more fun on its own with some cheese and light appetizers.