Need a house red? Les Dauphins Cotes du Rhone Villages

Les DauphinsThe fun, colorful, retro label on this bottle of Les Dauphins Côtes du Rhône Villages is the giveaway that it’s probably affordable, fun and meant to enjoy with casual bistro-type foods. In fact, the bistro owners of Paris teamed up with family-owned wineries in the Dauphiné region of the Rhone Valley back in the 1920s to produce wines like this to go with their foods. This friendly dry red wine bursting with fruit will run you about $15 tops. It’s made from organic grapes and bodes well for other selections from this winery. Stock up if you see this label. #goodbuy

Les Dauphins Côtes du Rhône Villages Rouge 2015, $14.99: Made from mostly Grenache and Syrah and finished with dabs of Mourvedre and Carignan (all certified organic), this is a fruit-forward dry red that is “simply” enjoyable — you don’t have to think about it! The flavors are intense dark berries, cherry, dark coffee and a hint of floral. It was fermented in tanks and sees no oak. It’s pure fruit and delicious.

Les Dauphins Côtes du Rhône Reserve Rouge 2014, $12.99: Another terrific, inexpensive dry red — lots of red berries,  spice and a touch of rose petal with nuances from aging in concrete tanks. Flavors persist through the finish.

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