mas_saintrochIf you’re tired of Chards and Savys, and looking for something different ““ for self, and to take to dinner parties, I suggest you try this pair from the south of France.

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 “who cares, it’s delicious”. Paul Mas’ 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 they’d charge $20 a glass for at a fancy restaurant. Check it out for winter dinner parties. Produced from Grenache Blanc and Roussanne grapes ““ your wine geek friends always want to know these things.

PAUL MAS 15 Marsanne Reserve, Pays d’Oc, France 462457 Vintages $13.95

LA FAGE “˜SAINT ROCH’ 15 Cotes du Roussilon “˜Vieilles Vignes’, France 175232 Vintages $15.95

Come to the southwest of France with us next September! Only a few more rooms left.

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