I hope you like it, I paid retail...


Did you ever get jealous of the guy who brags about how much he didn’t pay for all the expensive  stuff  he shows you?  Here’s how to get even without his knowing about it.  (Why is it almost always dudes who do this? Don’t women have egos too?).

There is a beautiful sweeping view in the south of France from Domaine Durban, one of several wineries we visited today.  The sun was shining for the first time since since leaving Muscadet and we were taking about one hundred  photos a minute of the steep sloping vineyards framed by snow capped Mount Ventoux.

The winery lies 4 switchbacks above the village of Beaumes de Venise in the southern Cotes du Rhone a few kilometers southeast of Chateauneuf du Pape.  Its primary fame comes from the the fresh and slightly sweet muscat du petit grain blanc.

The “value” wine I propose to help you feel better about yourself the next time the dude with the stuff finds you is Cuvee Kermit Lynch Vin de Vaucluse Rouge.  It is made with grapes that are grown just outside the Cotes du Rhone district and up until recently was exclusively for family and friends.  That is until Kermit Lynch became a friend, found the barrels in the cellar, and asked the family if he could make an unfined and unfiltered version and put his name on the label.  Thus was born Cuvee Kermit Lynch Vaucluse Rouge, a typical southern Rhone blend with a touch of Marselan added just to make it more interesting.  Marselan is a hybrid of Grenache and Cabernet.

This wine drinks above its class, bringing sunshine on a cloudy day.  Serve lightly chilled with whatever you are having for dinner or lunch.

Pay attention to how bright and clean the fruit is and how your palate calls for another bite of food after each sip of wine.  Share a glass with the dude without discussing the price.  Your secret is knowing the wine drinks like an Audi with a Volkswagon lieu dit.






Recommended Retail: $11.95

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