My wine recommendations for this week are White Rhone blends.
White Rhone blends are wines made from the white grapes used in France’s Rhone Valley. They include Viognier, Marsanne, Roussanne, Grenache Blanc, Clairette and Picpoul, just to name a few. What’s great about these wines is their adaptability to food. They typically have great acidity, balanced by stone fruit flavors and a medium body, giving the wines a bit of weight. But, because these wines are always blends, they differ in composition. Add that to the difference in geography (we’ve got white Rhone blends from France, the US, Australia & more), and you have quite an array of wines.
Here are some of our favorites. A few on the everyday side, or under $20, and a couple on the splurge side, over $20.
- D’Arenberg The Hermit Crab 2007 (2008 now in some markets) $17
- Perrin Reserve Cotes du Rhone Blanc 2007 $10
- Guigal Cotes du Rhone Blanc 2007 $15
- Tablas Creek Cotes du Tablas Blanc 2007 $20