Bargain Beauties from France

Starting on October 1st we will be having our Fall Double Up for a Buck sale.  Several of your old favorites will be on the sale as well as some new comers, including some lovely wines from France. This week I would like to focus on a couple of wines from the Southern part of France that offer great value (both wines come in 1 liter bottles) and taste.  These are basically French table wines that have eye catching labels with bright color scenes and graphics that are reminiscent of old European travel posters.

The white wine is the 2014 Cote Mas Blanc Mediterranee. This has an intriguing blend of Grenache Blanc, Vermentino, Chardonnay, and Sauvignon Blanc.  This wine has a bright lemon color with a lovely aroma of tropical and citrus fruits and white flowers followed with lemon, grapefruit, and slight herbal flavors. The acidity is very apparent but well balanced. It has a wonderful mouth feel for a value wine.

Pair with soft cheeses such as camembert or brie on crusty bread.
Made from an impressive blend of Grenache, Carignan, Cinsault, Merlot and Syrah, the Cote Mas Rouge Intense is medium pomegranate colored and very fragrant with aromas of blackcurrants, coffee and a smidgen of licorice. It drinks smooth and soft with notes of red plum, raspberries with subtle coffee and licorice flavors. Enjoy this wine with semi-soft cheeses such as Fontina, Meunster or Monterey Jack with stone ground wheat crackers.

Buy both these wines in pairs or by the case during our Double Up sale. It’s a great way to welcome in Autumn.

For film viewing, watch A Man and a Woman easily one of the most romantic movies that came out of France in the 1960’s. Staring Anouk Aimee and Jean –Louis Trintignant and directed by Claude Lelouch, this film gained quite a bit of attention from American film goers who normally would not watch a foreign film, but this simple love story struck a chord and helped make it a classic. The theme song also became well known and was difficult to get out of your head afterwards.

A Man and a Woman