Côtes du Rhône: $10.95

Sunday, March 3, 2013

We love Burgundy (in fact, we’re here this week), but we don’t drink it every night. Burgundy offers the magical and ethereal; still, constant indulgence can diminish both its allure and your exchequer.

In the world of wines for daily pleasure, Côtes du Rhône may be our favorite. A good Côtes du Rhône is bold, clean, fresh, and inexpensive. It’s not often profound wine, but it isn’t trying to be.

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Our friends the Cartiers of the Domaine les Goubert in Gigondas produce some of our favorite Rhônes at every level.  On our visit last fall their Côtes du Rhône 2011 caught our eye. It’s fresh and smooth and eminently quaffable. With a few unusual varietals (Picpoul, Terret Noir, Vaccarèse), it’s a bit more interesting than the usual wine in this category.  And at $13 ($10.95 for a few weeks) it will fit anyone’s price range.

Pair it with lots of things, from chorizo sausages to veal in cream sauce. Our choice today would be linguine a la vongolé (pasta with clams and some red pepper flakes), ideally by Marcella Hazan. (This may seem an unusual pairing, but trust us on this one. Cool the wine down a bit below room temperature, and make sure there’s plenty of it – at least at our table, it tends to go quickly.)

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GOUBERT CÔTES DU RHONE 2011
Ansonia Retail: $13
offer price: $10.95

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