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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