WINE OF THE MONTH

Oraison
Cotes du Rhone

France  $12

As we get bounced around by this quasi-spring weather, wine choices seem harder. Do I drink rosé on the warm days? A deep red on the cold ones? It’s a conundrum I face every year. And my answer is almost always Southern France. Provence rosés practically drink themselves under that spring sun, and as Dave says, “Côtes-du-Rhône always over-delivers!”

 

The Côtes-du-Rhône we chose for our next Wine Of The Month transcends the weather and adds a dollop of magic to make any day better. Oraison means “prayer” in French and, winemaker, Sylvain Colson must have been doing a whole lot of praying, because this shit ROCKS!

 

Made from the Holy Trinity of Southern French grapes and “produced on one of the best pebble terroirs of the Rhône Valley,” Sylvain’s Oraison shows just what a great over-delivering Grenache/Syrah/Mourvedre blend can do! Big, biblical cherry flavor is matched by the Rhône’s sacred “garrigue” aromas of thyme and oregano to create a complex, but highly quaffable daily drinker. It’s like a blessing in every glass!

 

Sylvain’s prayers must have included a deal on some really great terroir, as the mineral-rich, marl-based soils and cloud-clearing mistral winds do more than make Oraison sound fancy; they allow for the consecration of divine flavors within the heavenly grapes. Or maybe I meant concentration? Either way…This is an absolutely delicious wine that will gladly be the cherry on top of your best spring day!

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Recipes

Spring recipes! Keeping it green, fresh, and a bit lighter. But there is a lamb burger for some greasy balance.

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