Standout Wines For Fall and Winter Wine Menus

small image of winesIf you haven’t had a chance to explore Bistro Menil’s revamped wine menu for fall, I’ve got a few standouts that are sure to make an impression.

Here are two of my absolute favorites.

First up is the easy to love ’11 Domaine de la Pertuisane le Nain Violet. This varietal starts with Grenache grapes grown in the Languedoc-Roussillon region of France, which stretches along the Southern coast of France and hugs the Spanish border.

With a style that is very Southern Rhone — think blends from the Châteauneuf-du-pape and Gigondas regions — this 100% Grenache is bold enough to stand on its own with ample fruit and a rich smokiness. The nose is heady of ripe dark berries with a touch of flowers and licorice. Expect a silky mouthfeel and an inky color.

Another exceptional option is the Italian ’07 Giacomo Grimaldi Barbera d’Alba Fornaci DOCG. Situated at the foot of the Alps, bordering Switzerland and France, Italy’s Piedmont region is known for producing outstanding reds and whites.

This Barbera is hands down the best value and impressed the entire team as we sampled hundreds of wines for our new menu. More intense than the Barberas from d’Asti, this wine has a decided heft with nice tannins and hints of vanilla from its gentle oaking. The nose is an explosion of ripe cherries, raspberries, blueberries and blackberries with a beautiful balance between acidity and fruit in the mouth giving it an uncommon freshness.

We’ll see you when you’re ready to open a bottle of one of these phenomenal wines.

À la prochaine!

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