The Perrin family, with its long tradition of winemaking, consistently turn out delicious bargain-priced wines from the Côtes du Ventoux. This rosé blends cherries and chocolate with citrus and even touches of minerality and length rare in a $9 wine. Drink now.
This perennial value red is the kind of table wine that should be poured liberally and without much analysis. Expect a fruity, chewy, hearty wine with plenty of substance and roasted, toasted nuances of nuts and burnt coffee. —M.S.
Made by the family that owns the great Château de Beaucastel in Châteauneuf-du-Pape, this is pleasant, fruity and one of the great bargains of the Rhône. Though not overly complex, it has a surprising amount of flavor and the ability to go well with anything on your palate.
A simple fruity quaff that will drink well with cold roast chicken at lunch, through a hot afternoon by the pool and into a late dinner off the grill. Strawberry and watermelon flavors predominate, with a bit of citrus adding zip to the finish.
Don’t turn up your nose at this value-priced offering from La Vieille Ferme; it’s a very drinkable wine, with perfumed aromas of cherries, white pepper and clove married to modest tannins. With more than 150,000 cases produced, it’s as close to ubiquitous as you can get from Ventoux, and a worthy ambassador for the region.
This widely available rosé starts a bit slow, taking some time to show its modest aromas and flavors of melon and berry fruit. But then it charms on the finish, where it seems to grow in intensity, ending crisp and refreshing.