Bordeaux is France’s largest and most renowned wine region, and its native red
Bordeaux is France’s largest and most renowned wine region, and its native red grapes — cabernet sauvignon, merlot and cabernet franc — have come to dominate the modern world of fine red wine. St. Emilion is one of the area's most picturesque villages, where blended red wines based heavily on merlot are made. Bordeaux is cooler in climate than California, and its wines — like this bargain at a Chairman's Selection price of $19.99 — seem lighter and sharper on first sip, but retain an herbal edge and subtle earthiness that are remarkably flattering with food. Try this luscious wine with a rack of lamb or braised short ribs.
Originally published in Philadelphia Magazine, January 2007