Welcome to my new Wine School. Drinking your way through my 2010 Billyâ€™s Best Book â€“ a bottle (or two) at a time. Just follow the instructions and youâ€™ll be a wine wizard by Easter.
How it works:
1. Every week Billy will declare a ‘mood appropriate’ situation and recommend one of two wine picks. You can buy both or one. Most weeks the wine(s) won’t cost more than $30 total.
2. Drink the wine(s) alone or with friends, and report back to us â€“ tell us how it went.
3. We’re giving away monthly prizes for the best stories.
4. Wines and context will be posted every WEDNESDAY.
Lesson: Begin at the centre
A good way to explore any subject is to look for the centre, or a cornerstone. A reference point. Many years ago the south of France developed a style of red wine that is ideal for everyday drinking â€“ refreshing, earthy and nourishing. And affordable. The wine equivalent of home cooked food. Real and satisfying. Just about all of the worldâ€™s reds are â€˜richerâ€™ or â€˜lighterâ€™ editions of CÃ´tes du RhÃ´ne. Know it, and youâ€™ll know how to play all the other wines.
BEST USE: House wine. Works great with almost any food.
BUY: Louis Bernard 08 Cotes du Rhone, France 581645 $11.80 ($10.80 till Jan end.) Pages #198/199
P.S. It was the 2007 vintage that I reviewed for the book. The 08 is less rich and would fall in my Rustic section.