That trip to France changed my perception of French wine. Prior to the trip, I always thought it was delicious, but expensive. That may have been because I love Chateauneuf du Pape. Or maybe it is just the aura that surrounds all things French.
However, on the trip there was wine with dinner every night, and most of it was just table wine. It was decadent. We are talking about wine that was between 3 and 6 dollars at the market, and it rivaled wine I had paid 15 to 20 dollars for at home!
For this very reason, I have spent a lot of time experimenting with French wines . I have found many Cotes du Rhones that are both delicious and affordable. But the one I am posting today, blows them ALL out of the water. Especially, when it falls under that 10 dollar price tag!
Purchased at Trader Joe's for $9.99
This was another home run from Trader Joe's.
If I wasn't married, I swear I would be flirting with their wine guy. He definitely has my number! It probably starts with $9.99...
Writing this post has made me sappy for our trip to France. So even though you didn't ask, here are a few pictures from what I consider to be the trip of a lifetime!
|The very fun, very lively group we cycled with on our trip.|
|An old mill, converted to a hotel where we stayed one night.|
|The rest of these are pictures taken from my bike as we rode each day.|
|Well, except this one.|
This is a picture of Tim and I at the inn we stayed in our last night.
It was an old Monastery converted to a lovely Inn.
The dining room was in the vault where the kept the wine casks.
I could have stayed there forever.