Wine of the Week – Les Dauphins Cotes du Rhone Villages Red and White Reserve

Summer seems to be lingering into fall. Its terrific to have a refreshing French wine from the Rhone Valley, in both Red and White incarnations, made from organic grapes that is both flavorful and affordable. The wines not only display what is best about wines from the Rhone Valley, they also dispel any reserve over the quality and taste of wines made from organic grapes. These wines are both refreshing and flavorful. They are perfect companions with warm weather meals. Served chilled, they display ripe fruit flavors that go well with food.

Try the Organic Grapes Red with a meal of lamb chops marinated with rosemary, garlic, olive oil and a bit of the wine and roasted in the oven for 20 minutes or on the grill for just a few minutes on each side and you'll have a unique flavor experience. With ripe flavors of plums, wild strawberries, pomegranate, blackberries and a hint of cardamom and nutmeg, this wine combines freshness with a long, satisfying finish.

With its combination of Grenace (60%), Syrah (30%), Mouvedre (5%), and Carignan (5%), all indigenous grapes, this wine will give a unique flavor excursion of the Rhone Valley while delivering maximum pleasure. Not in the mood for cooking? Grate a soft-ripened ash-rind brie or herb crusted goats milk cheese and a fresh mini-baguette or some herbed or peppered water crackers and some ripe California figs for a light lunch that is out of this world.

Similarly, their white wine, which is a blend of 67% Grenache, 15% Marsanne, 10% Claret and 10% Viognier is a superb expression of a Rhone Valley white blend. The wine has an overall color go green, freshly harvested straw and superb tastes of sweet/tart lemons and grapefruit with just a hint of sage are one of the taste sensations of this season. Its perfect with seafood salads, smoke salmon, lobster rolls, crab cakes over herbed mashed potatoes or grilled turkey burgers with brie cheese and watercress on a brioche bun. A dab of truffle mayonnaise or a Dijon mustard will give just the right touch to make this wine truly stand out. Bon Appétit!