Friday, May 25, 2018

Nota bene: Cheers!

It’s National Wine Day today, you don’t need me to tell you what to do. But by request, I’ll share three good wines:

Red: François Moutard’s Hérisson Pinot Noir/Gamay blend from southern Burgundy, at the edge of Beaujolais

White: La Petite Frog Picpoul de Pinet from Languedoc-Roussillion

Rosé: François & Benoit Moutard’s Hérisson Rosé, 100% Carignan from Costières de Nîmes

You should be able to get all three of these for somewhere in the $30-$35 range, which is the kind of price that you’re going to want and expect something pretty special. And, these are special! But there’s something I haven’t told you, which is that they all come in 3-liter boxes, which means that they all cost significantly less than $10 a bottle.

Wine-in-a-box is an incredibly obvious no-brainer. It’s vastly better for the environment, it lasts for weeks, there’s never any pressure to finish the bottle. The only problem with box wine — and it’s a big one — is that most of it is just disgustingly bad. And life’s too short to drink bad wine!

So, if you’re wary about navigating the treacherous waters of box wine, and you don’t want to bear the risk of coming home with three liters of something undrinkable, I feel you, I really do. That’s why I’m sending you this email. You don’t need to take a risk, just look for the Hérisson hedgehog, or the Picpoul de Pinet frog. And you’ll have delicious, quaffable wine all summer long, for a very attractive price.

Cheers!