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Shopping Like its $19.99

Shopping Like it’s $19.99 with Katie

This week, I tried two French wines. The first was the 2006 Le Drunk Rooster Chardonnay from Languedoc. Priced at $9.99, this unoaked Chardonnay was very enjoyable – once I got the bottle open. It was sealed with a synthetic cork. I’m not sure that I’ve addressed this before here. I really dislike synthetic corks. I’m a huge fan of stelvin closures, or screw caps; the synthetic corks, not so much. When opening the bottle last night, this one got stuck – really stuck. I’m no weakling, and it’s not as if I haven’t opened my fair share of wine bottles. This fake cork got stuck half-way out and I had to use my husband’s vice grip pliers to get the thing out. By that time, I was so frustrated (and I’d actually worked up a sweat – I’m not kidding!) that I didn’t know if I’d be able to taste the wine with an open mind. The first sip of this divinely balanced unoaked Chardonnay put my frazzled nerves at ease, however; it was thoroughly enjoyable. The notes on the back label refer to the wine as “liquid gold.” It really does look that way in the glass, and I found it to posess just the right balance of fruit (peaches and citrus) and acidity. I would buy this wine again, even with the knowledge that I might just have to have the pliers handy.

My second selection this week is the 2005 Domain des Rozets Coteaux du Tricastin. Also priced at $9.99, this wine from Rozets in the South of France is a delicious blend of Grenache, Syrah, and Cinsault. Presenting lots of fruit on the nose and the palate, I found this to be one of the best summer reds in the $10 and under price range that I’ve tried in a while. Blueberry, cherry, and plum flavors are abundant followed by just a touch of spice. Lovely in the glass, and thoroughly enjoyable at the end of a warm summer day.

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