rhone-ing the wine aisles March 7, 2006


I must admit: this Wine Blogging Wednesday (graciously hosted by Winexpression) snuck up on me. I blame it on the following two things:

a) Work sucked worse than third period French last week.

b) Wine Blogging Wednesday is not a lot different than Wine Drinking Tuesday or Grape Guzzling Friday at Chez Tami.

There’s also the matter of my complete ignorance about French wines, red in particular. When I read the theme for this WBW, I dismissed it. I rarely drink French reds…and when I do, they end up tasting like pencil erasers to me. I happened to have this bottle sitting in my wine rack because – yes, I’m embarrassed – I bought it at the Dekalb Farmers Market because the bottle was different and caught my eye – Cellier des Dauphins Cotes du Rhone.

When I thought this might fit the WBW bill, I looked it up online. It’s 85% Grenache and 15% Syrah. Should be yummy. I threw it in the ‘fridge to chill while I went on my run. I popped it open and tried it by itself. Eh. Sort of fruity and easy to drink. Then, I drank a glass with my beef stew. Yum! I tasted a little pepper and some cherry-ish fruit. At the price point – I think I paid $8 for the bottle – it could easily become a staple in my house for those red meat, no brainer meals.


emily Mar 8, 2006 05:03 am

I buy for the labels too.Sounds good.

bollo Mar 10, 2006 11:03 am

I love the Cotes de Rhone. We used to serve it at the french bistro i worked at. Good good good.

Erwin Dink Mar 15, 2006 02:03 am

I usually find it annoying to read others tasting notes, especially when the wine sounds like something I’d like, because I can so rarely find the wine being tasted. Thanks for including the source. I happen to shop at YDFM regularly so I’ll be sure to pick this one up.