Monday, August 18, 2008

Wine Corner Review #29: Louis Bernard Cotes-du-Rhone Villages Red

Louis Bernard is neither French winery nor vineyard, it is an alliance between over forty estates, all working feverishly to produce quality wine. Although there is evidence that the first vines planted in the Rhone valley of Southern France date back over 2500 years, it was not until the last half of the 20th century that this region truly came into its own as a top producer. Since this is quite a warm climate, Grenache is the red grape of choice here, usually blended with Mouvedre, Cinsault, and most memorably with Syrah to give the resulting tipple top accessibility, fruitiness and spice, as with the wine we are considering today, Louis Bernard Cotes-du-Rhone Villages Red.

The robe of the Louis Bernard Cotes-du-Rhone Villages Red is indeed regal red, overshadowed by royal purple. The nose contains cherries, different kinds of flowers, and alcohol. Strong overtones of minted spice are mixed in with berries and cherries, with a slight finish of pomegranite. Pork tenderloin is the pairing of choice here; the often delicate meat should be grilled or barbecued for best flavor and/or served with applesauce. Website for more info is, and since the weather at this writing is turning rainy and cooler as fall approaches, it's time to once again consider reds in your vine diet. Pick up a bottle soon, and as always:



Margie said...

Pick up a bottle and drink it fast cause it could be 100 again before we know it!

OK. Who needs a reason, huh?

Food Czar said...

That's true, Margie, and besides, Fall is just around the corner. Cool weather and football. Yay!!!