Stephen D wrote:Steve is absolutely right. Robin will be able to nail down the exact wine for the occasion, just off the top of his head.
You big suckups!
Actually, I think the forum's advice has already been awesome: Go to one of our great local indie wine shops - available on both sides of the river, thanks in particular to Todd - and get a trustworthy merchant to walk you through his available options and talk about them.
In this price range, I like Oregon Pinot Noir for drink-now or save-for-a-while ... Ken Wright, as has been mentioned, is very good. Another I would add with strong recommendation is Domaine Selene, which I generally find a little more complex and "Burgundian" than Wright. Either would be good though.
I also like Chateauneuf-du-Pape as a delicious wine that can be kept and improve for quite a few years. Avoid Chateau de Beaucastel, which is excellent but a bit overpriced, and look for something like Chateau Donjon or maybe Vieux-Telegraphe.
Remember if you want to cellar wine for long-term, more than a few years, you have to keep it in a cool place. If you don't have a wine-cellar unit, a cool part of the house is best. For a variety of reasons, you don't want to keep it in the fridge. On its side, away from heat, in a cool, not-too-well-lighted place is best.