While nothing can replace normal restaurant dining, you can do your best to emulate it in the comfort of your own dining room. We’ll call it the home bistro: roast a chicken, grill some burgers or a ribeye, or make a frittata with leftover odds and ends. Fry up some spuds, or whatever else le chef proposes as a side. Then put a light chill on this affordable bottle of rouge, a Cabernet Franc grown along the Loire’s sandy riverbanks and quite possibly the ultimate bistro wine. The fruit absolutely pops, recalling ripe berries seasoned with pepper and violets. Silky, supple tannins backed by lively acidity make it all too easy to quaff without restraint, and what’s to stop you? You’re already home.
Believe it or not, the Loire Valley is capable of producing rosés that rival their Provençal counterparts in quality, yet don’t come near in price! This steal from Bourgueil delivers much of the same pleasure as the Alouettes above, but in pink: mouth-filling fruit, a touch of earthiness, and the capacity to quench one’s thirst in a variety of diverse scenarios. Rosé all day? When it’s this good, rosé all year!
As my tastes have matured over the past several years, I have gravitated toward white wines of increasing aromatic complexity and textural intrigue. And yet I find myself reaching for the Salvard Unique—a decidedly uncomplicated wine—over and over again. Perhaps its straightforwardness is what makes it so attractive, as you know exactly what you’re getting every time you pull the cork: an exuberant burst of fragrant guava and juicy citrus that unconditionally cleanses and refreshes. Always invigorating, it is entirely gulpable on its own, but just might be the perfect match for the bright flavors of ceviche.
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