Monday, October 31, 2005
I feel like quite the traitor. Here I am, always extolling the virtues of Italian wines--and drinking quite a few of them in the course of the average week. And here's me now, with a new case of this wonderful, gusty red (Syrah, Grenache, Mourvedre) from the Costieres de Nimes. What was it about this wine that caused me to abandon, if only sometimes and to a degree, my beloved wines of the Mezzogiorno? A fantastic combination of body, earthy rich flavors, adaptability to all kinds of food and, yes, cost: this terrific wine cost me only $7.99 a bottle, a steal considering its clean, straightforward style. This wine is light-years better than the notorious plonk that used to characterize wine of the Midi. And it shows that France can indeed compete on every level, including a sensational price/quality ratio, with anything from the New World. Vive le Midi!