Whenever you’re in doubt about which wine to choose, consider one from Côtes du Rhône in France’s southern Rhône valley. These wines, whether red, rosé or white, are usually affordable, food friendly and easy to drink. The red and rosé blends are dominated by grenache along with such grapes as mourvèdre, syrah and cinsault. The following two wines are very well made, have lots of character and are quite delicious.
E. Guigal 2017 Rosé, Côtes du Rhône, France
Bought • Schnucks, 8867 Ladue Road, in August for $15.99
Description • This lovely, elegant pale pink wine, comes from the well-respected Guigal family which has been making high-quality rosé since the 1940s. While light in color, this wine is big in flavor. A blend of mostly grenache with cinsault and syrah, it tastes of luscious red berries, refreshing citrus and some bakery spice. It’s best enjoyed with food including salmon and spicy Asian cuisine. This rosé would also go well with turkey, so keep it in mind for Thanksgiving.
Domaine Rose Dieu 2016, Plan de Dieu, Côtes du Rhône Villages, France
Bought • Starrs, 1135 South Big Bend Road, in August for $13.99
Description • The year 2016 was a great vintage in the Rhône, and this red is a fine example. It comes from Plan de Dieu, one of the villages within the appellation of Côtes du Rhône Villages. This denomination is considered a higher-quality appellation than a basic Côtes du Rhône. Rich and spicy, this blend is fresh and fruity with chocolate notes. It has a mouthwatering acidity and ends with a long, silky finish. It’s a flavorful wine that would go well with grilled beef and other hearty dishes.