Wines from the Marsanne grape could be likened to Chardonnay, but without the make-up. Naturally appealing. When I poured for friends and asked what they thought it might be, the answer was â€œwho cares, itâ€™s deliciousâ€. Paul Masâ€™ wine is a drink anytime, crowdpleaser for sure, and I think the price is very nice too.
Saint Roch is more elegant, and aperitif in style. Shades of something theyâ€™d charge $20 a glass for at a fancy restaurant. Check it out for winter dinner parties. Produced from Grenache Blanc and Roussanne grapes â€“ your wine geek friends always want to know these things.
PAUL MAS 15 Marsanne Reserve, Pays dâ€™Oc, France 462457 Vintages $13.95
LA FAGE â€˜SAINT ROCHâ€™ 15 Cotes du Roussilon â€˜Vieilles Vignesâ€™, France 175232 Vintages $15.95