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Monday, 24 October 2005

Wine Reviews: Domaine de Grattet (Pic Saint Loup) and Vin de Pays de l'Herault

I've sampled two wines since my last review. The first, Domaine de Grattet cost a bit more than 3€. You can tell it's slightly more fancy because of the black part of the label with the gold printing on top of it. But they didn't blow the whole bank on that extra bit of quality. This was a nicely drinkable wine, which I would certainly purchase again. It was a blend of syrah grapes with another kind that I can't recall the name of. Appropriately, it tasted a lot like a syrah. And it's quality was far above what one could purchase for the same price in California. Cola says "it was pretty good." Not a memorable wine, but good enough to accompany a meal or even to bring to a friends' house for an impromptu potluck. A nice wine for everyday drinking (so to speak).

The next wine Vin de Pays de l'Herault cost 1,05€, (regular price, not on sale) or less than the cost of a metro ticket. I have no idea what kind of grapes are in this. It has almost no information of any kind except that it says "bottled in France" on the cork and on the bottle in several places. It also says "Produit de France" or I would be concerned that only the bottling was French and perhaps the wine came from elsewhere. It had kind of a vinegary, cheap wine flavor and might possibly make a good vinegar, since it's reminiscent of the kind of wine that my dad was converting. It was an ok cooking wine and I would buy it again for that reason. It's about as good as "two buck Chuck" and was far better than the fruit fly wine that I last reviewed, despite being half the price. I would buy this wine to take to a grad student house party. I would use it to drink a toast to India House. I will most likely not buy it for dinner wine again.

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Polly Moller said...

Wow, for a straight edge person I'm sure gonna know a lot about wine. :)

Les said...

heh, cheap ass french wine you probably will never see in the us. also, i dunno any technical terms or anything or even what kind of grapes these are using, since they probably just get whatever's cheapest that day or something and don't bother to print anything on the label about it.

Polly Moller said...

Being able to talk about cheap-ass French wine is probably good, if I ever hope to be able to make conversation with jaded, cliquish, supercilious avant-garde musicians from New York.