As a chill creeps into the air, robust red wines begin to come into their own. And, with Chateauneuf-du-Pape wines rarely dipping below $20 these days, this version (Chairman’s Selection, $19.99) from Perrin & Fils in the Rhone Valley offers a rare opportunity to sample a French classic for a bargain price.
Like its more modest cousin, Cotes-du-Rhone, Chateauneuf-du-Pape is a blended red based on the Grenache grape. It’s thick with flavors like dried fig and strawberry jam and aromatic accents reminiscent of soppressata and white pepper. Try this opulent wine with slow-cooked meats, like a simple pot roast, or rich cheesy dishes, like mushroom risotto.