One of my New Year’s resolutions is to learn more about wine, which to me means keeping track of the wines I like and thinking about what I like about them. One of my new favorites is one I’m excited to share, because it’s a real crowd pleaser–excellent at your next dinner party or as a hostess gift.

Michael David Vineyards Petite Petit 2009 ($18) is as dark and murky as my your memories of New Year’s Eve, and as sweet, spicy and full of potential as you drunkenly thought that one-night stand was. “This blend of 85% Petite Sirah and 15% Petit Verdot is substantial, dense, full-bodied, and loaded with pure black fruit and vanilla flavors that coat the palate,” the winery says.  “It reveals remarkable richness with a finish that is slightly dry and seems to linger.”

That’s wine-speak for “your friends will love it, you come out looking like a real wine expert, and your ex who brought the Boone’s Farm will look like a real asshole.” Win. Win. Find it online or in DC-area wine shops: