By Will Abner
Some of the first big red wines to leave an impression on me were from France, the Rhone Valley to be exact. These big, rustic blends had the right balance of rustic earth and fruit flavors, lending themselves to be excellent with foods fresh off the grill. However, in my adventures in the wine world, I have managed to find those qualities in many different varieties of wine.
Most recently a little town called Les Baux de Provençe has caught the attention of my taste buds with their delicious red blends. Situated just south of the Rhone Valley, Provençe is known primarily for their rosés, and I’m all for a killer French rosé in the hot summer months. As we ease into the cooler season, we start seeing heartier dishes filled with rich broths and roasted vegetables. That’s where Mas de Gourgonnier comes into play.
This spicy Grenache-based blend has been working wonderfully with many of the dishes that Chef and the team have been plating up. Despite its makeup of brawny varietals (grenache, carignan, syrah, and cabernet sauvignon), the wine is rather light on the palate, yet complex enough to pair even with the biggest of dishes.
Bright red fruit balances with an earthy spice on the nose and, in the first few sips, the same follows on the palate. Cracked pepper, raspberry, leather, and tart cherry flavors mix to produce the wonderful complexity I love about this wine. Whether you’re looking for a nice glass of red wine with a meal, or just a glass to sip on, Gourgonnier is the ticket for this season. I know that this is the wine I’ll be carrying to dinner parties and get-togethers over the Holidays!
Catch more great wines at these upcoming special events
French “Bourgeois” Wine Dinner – December 11. $125++ per person
New Year’s Eve with DuMol – $250++ per person
These are very special, limited-seating events. Please call SpringHouse at 256.215.7080 to make your reservations.v