wine wednesday: côtes du rhône, france

As Fall weather starts to creep in everywhere else in the US besides LA, medium bodied reds are always a crowd pleaser. Most wines from the Côtes du Rhône region are red blend containing the varietals Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre. Usually the highest acclaimed CDR’s have the largest portion of the blend being Grenache; however, since up to 22 varietals are allowed in the blend, taste a bunch to figure out your own preference!

buying tips

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It’s all about reading the label! There’s even a “Level 4” version of CDR wines called “Cru” and those are the most expensive, like Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Long story short, the more specific the label the more expensive the bottle.

cÔtes du Rhône pick

$: 2014 Caves du Fournalet Côtes du Rhône: medium-light body, notes of strawberry and raspberry light tannins, great with food and under $10 from Trader Joes.

$$: 2014 Domaine La Manarine Côtes du Rhône: tart cherry and a spicy finish, this is a fab under $20 pick that is a great step up palatte wise from the Caves du Fournalet.


wine wednesday: trader joe’s under $7 summer edition


SUMMER is COMING. And nothing screams summer like firecracker popsicles, s’mores, BBQ’s, and a chilled glass of wine. Though I am no expert somm-or even a somm at all (one day!)-I like to think I have a good palate. So put down that bottle of Cupcake Sauv B and check out my “Trader Joe’s Under $7 Bottles Perfect for Summer Sipping”

WHITE: 2015 Gavi @ $6.99 crisp and light, perfect alone or with food, notes of lemon peel and melon

ROSE: 2014 J.L. Quinson @ $6.99 dry, provencal style, notes of strawberry and pomagrantae-ALL DAY

RED: 2015 Reggiano Lambrusco @ $4.99 sparkling, slightly sweet-but not too sweet, notes of red fruits

**this post is not sponsored by Trader Joe’s (although TJ’s if you like what you see, let’s chat) and opinions are my own**