Balma Venitia 2005 Terres de Bel Air Red (Beaumes-de-Venise)
My favorite of the current crop from this reliable co-op, the 2005 Terres de Bel Air boasts richer fruit than the other cuvées. Mixed cherry and plum flavors are bolstered by a firm structure and decent concentration. Picks up a charming hint of pepper on the finish. Drink now.
Balma Venitia 2005 Des Toques Red (Côtes du Rhône)
From Les Vignerons de Beaumes de Venise, this is a cheery, light-bodied Côtes-du-Rhône. Pretty cherry flavors lack much substance but do quench a thirst. Try serving it chilled with light meals, like you might a simple Beaujolais.