I was looking at photos of the turquoise-blue Mediterranean waters near Cassis today and thinking, “When are they going to invent teleportation already!?!” As a particularly rotten flyer, I’d much rather spend my vacation time in that beautiful place, far enough away from my own environs to forget about everyday life and its travails, than spend time getting there on a bumpy, crowded, germ-sodden airline flight. But wait! Don’t I have my own Eden a few steps outside my kitchen door? Aren’t trees and flowers and friends and fun waiting for me there? Granted, it doesn’t exactly have a pretty azure sea, but there are balmy days and starlit nights, crackling fires and slowly swinging hammocks, plus a big tin washtub filled with chilling wine. Every habitable place is someone’s backyard, so all we have to do is appreciate it with new eyes as an outsider would and see it as the blissful utopia of our dreams. And since everything tastes better when you’re “on vacation,” we’ve put together a lovely assortment of wines to help transport you to your own local paradise (thankfully sans jet lag).
2017 Corbières Rosé “Gris de Gris” • Domaine de Fontsainte $16.00 2016 Pettirosso Allegro • Punta Crena $20.00 2016 Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi • Santa Barbara $12.00 2016 Pinot Blanc • Kuentz-Bas $14.95 2017 Chignin Blanc • A. & M. Quenard $19.00 2016 Gambellara Classico “Col Moenia” • Vignato Davide $20.00 2017 Vino Rosso • Tintero $9.95 2016 Languedoc Rouge • Selected by Kermit Lynch $12.00 2016 Beaujolais • Domaine Dupeuble $14.95 2017 Côtes-du-Rhône Rouge “L’O de Joncier” • Domaine du Joncier $18.00 2016 Île de Beauté Rouge • Domaine de Marquiliani $26.00 2014 Chianti Classico • Castagnoli $29.00