Since I gravitate towards all things French, it is no surprise that I also love French wines. At many of my local wine shops there are plenty of inexpensive Cote du Rhone offerings. By far my immediate favorite is Perrin & Fils Cote du Rhone Villages 2006 from Chateau de Beaucastel in the Rhone Valley. I first tried this version at a wine tasting and was blown away by how great it was. I went on to order several bottles and have really enjoyed each experience upon drinking them.
The reason I am so impressed with this red is the explosion of flavor that comes with every sip. A blend of 50% syrah and 50% grenache, it’s slight floral and licorice aromas lead into full rich black cherry and plum flavors with a light spice and a hint of oak. There are mild tannins present and there is a smooth and long finish on the palate. I find this wine on the lighter side even though it is categorized as medium bodied. This makes it a great companion not only to grilled meats and cheeses but it also pairs well with spicy Thai and Indian cuisines. It is rated 90 points by Wine Spectator and retails under $18.