Chateauneuf de Pape (House of the Pope; literal translation) is a wonderful French Burgundy and has been my favorite for years. I would not suggest it to anyone who does not drink red wine as this is a full bodied red wine not for the faint at heart. Worth the price (starts at around $25.00). If you bring a bottled to a dinner party, bring two, one for the host and one for yourself. Hide it, for if the other guests find out, you will be lucky to get one glass.
This is my favorite red wine hands down. I picked up Chateaneuf du Pape for the first time after Olivia Pope on Scandal drank it - and man like everything else Olivia does she was right on this one. This wine is smooth, goes down easy, pairs well with French food, cheese, or any meat. I recently took to a friends wine and cheese party and it was the biggest hit! Definitely recommend!