La Vieille Ferme Rose Ventoux Rhone Valley 22010, $7-$9. As long as I have written about wine, this gem has existed. It’s produced by the Perrin family of Chateau de Beaucastel fame in the Rhone Valley of France. At a top price of $9, it can make you look like a genius if you offer it with nibbles to guests, or pour it with seafood or roasted chicken or pork. It’s bone-dry, with a floral nose and hints of aniseed and brown sugar, and cherry fruit — this one a product of the fabulous 2010 vintage in France. It’s a blend of Grenache, Syrah and Cinsault. Pour just a smidge in tulip-shaped glasses and friends will declare you a wine goddess. It’s widely available, including at Merchant’s Fine Wine, Dearborn; Plum Market, Bloomfield Township, Discount Drinks, Wyandotte; and Hiller’s.
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