Bargain Beauties from France

The lure of French value wines continues with a red Bordeaux because …well, how can it not?  How can a bargain hunting wine drinker turn down a Fall deal like this, especially a French wine with Vermont in the title?

The 2012 Chateau Vermont Bordeaux Rogue is the type of wine that is a perfect find on “Double Up for a Buck”.  It’s well made, uncomplicated, easy to drink and inexpensive.  It is a blend of 60 percent Merlot, 30 percent Cabernet Sauvignon and 10 percent Cabernet Franc. It’s not quite a St. Emilion but it’s not light years away from it either. There are notes of dried cherry and currants, reminiscent of fruit cake, with whiffs of tobacco and cedar. The tannins are strong but not overpowering and this Bordeaux is not too thin and doesn’t drop off quickly in the finish. For what works out to$ 8.00 a bottle, you will have a hell of a good Bordeaux to pair with a variety of red meat dishes from burgers to stews.  Try this with a steak hoagie with Swiss cheese, sautéed mushrooms and caramelized onions.

Les Yeux Sans Visage

Now that it’s October, Scary movies come to mind and I’ll be featuring some of my favorites in the next few weeks. Since I’m finishing my French value wines blogs this week, I thought it only appropriate to mention a French Horror film which has been rated by some critics as one of the top ten French films of all time.  Eyes without a Face (1959), is a beautifully filmed piece of macabre that is like no other Horror film made. It is shocking yet juxtaposed with slow, eerie, mood scenes that take the viewer on a journey of loss, madness and vengeance.

Next Time: Halloween Treats.