Eden Of The East
Head east from Bordeaux (home to the famous First Growths like Lafite) and you've smart, pricey Burgundy. Go further east and, on the same 46 to 47 degree latitude, you'll eventually find an equally hallowed tradition of wine excellence in Moldova. Before the 1917 Revolution the region supplied fine reds to the Tsars for lavish banquets. Now Moldova is a nearly forgotten winemaker's Eden, with wine quality and value that's "aching to find its way to the world's wine drinkers" (FT).