Now that the holiday splurge is over, it’s probably time to be looking again at bargains in the wine aisles. Here is a sneak peak at one of my Bargain Bottles recommendations (formerly Recession Busters, but I wanted to feel a little more optimistic this year) in this Wednesday’s Washington Post Food section.
Chateau de Saint Cosme, Little James’ Basket Press, Viognier-Sauvignon Blanc 2010
2 Stars (out of 3 = Excellent)
Languedoc, France, $13
This leading Gigondas producer from the southern Rhone Valley also offers this tasty white made from grapes grown near Minervois, in the Languedoc. The viognier-sauvignon blanc tasting works so well I’m surprised this hasn’t already been copied around the world – and especially in Virginia. The fleshiness of the viognier balances beautifully with the racy acidity of the sauvignon blanc.Country Vintner: Available in the District at Wagshal’s, and on the list at all Chef Geoff’s restaurants and Napoleon Bistro. Available in Maryland at King Farm Beer & Wine in Rockville; Iron Bridge Wine Co. in Columbia; Silesia Liquors in Fort Washington; and Wine Source in Baltimore. Available in Virginia at Iron Bridge Wine Co. in Warrenton.
The wine is made by Louis Barruol, who I had the pleasure of meeting when I visited the Rhone Valley in 2005. The property dates from Roman times, and there is evidence of winemaking on the site from that era. Talk about terroir, and a track record.