French Wines You’ll Love Plus More

French Wines & More to Broaden Your Horizons

 

In a wine rut? Broaden your horizons with a bottle you’ve never had before. French wines and more have so many classic flavors, intriguing experimental wine styles, and crowd-pleasing bottles to choose from. For further suggestions on French wines, Spanish wines, & USA wines to try, we turned to sales associates Erik Guzinski, Heather Gordon, Josh Mizrahi, Marcarthur Baralla, Tammie Teclemariam, Elizabeth Smith, Amy Miller, Tekla Israelson, and Steven Bowles as well as sales managers Bambi Ray, Doug Yacka, and Sara Sparks.

Condrieu “Marmouzin,” François Gérard – 2013 $54.96
Condrieu can be a spectacular wine. When it’s done right, the synergy of exotic fruit, floral bouquet, and velvety texture can be a transporting experience. François Gérard has given us a wonderful example of the potential of the Viognier variety. From 35-year-old vines, jasmine, lychee, citrus, and ginger are all in play on the palate and nose. Just one great example of French wines to try. – EG

Touraine Sauvignon Blanc, Pierre-O Bonhomme – 2015 $14.96
This Sauvignon Blanc comes to us from the Loire Valley and is chock-full of lively fruit such as papaya, guava, and citrus. Bone-dry and racy on the palate, this wine will make you feel as if you just landed in a tropical paradise. Yet another great example of French wines to try. – HG

Régnié, Ch. du Basty – 2015 $16.96
Organic Cru Beaujolais at a great price. The granite soils of Regnié impart a structure and character that will take you to a very happy place. Enjoy with friends, grilled fare or by yourself on a Wednesday night because it’s so good you might not want to share. Yet another great example of French wines to try. – JM

40ème Rugissants, Estezargues – 2015 $21.96
An unoaked fruit-forward wine that will charm your tastebuds. Made in the carbonic maceration method, this naked wine is super drinkable. Yet another great example of French wines, Spanish wines, and USA wines to try. – MB

Mencía, Fazenda Prádio – 2014 $14.96
Mostly grown in NW Spain, Mencía is a grape that can taste more French than Spanish. This one has an almost silky texture and brambly earthiness that reminds me of a slightly ripe Pinot Noir. It’s one of my favorite reds for the price. Yet another great example of French, Spanish, and USA wines to try. – TT

Laurel Glen !Za Zin – 2014 $17.99
!Za Zin is a bold, voluptuous wine that jumps out of the glass to meet you! Jammy, rich, raisinated blackcurrants, blackberries, and mulberries, laced with melted dark chocolate and smoky hot rocks—all at a hefty 14.5%. This is for duck with plum sauce or perhaps just an oversized chocolate bar, on a cozy winter night at home. Yet another great example of French wines, Spanish wines, and USA wines to try. – ES

Vacqueyras, Dom. du Grand Prieur – 2014 $24.96
Grand Prieur’s vineyards in the southern Rhône region of Vacqueyras have been the source of great wines since the 10th century. Using the same grapes as Châteauneuf-du-Pape they make similar big and bold earthy reds but at a fraction of the cost. This wine is a blend of 75% Grenache, 15% Syrah, and 10% Mourvèdre, and shows blackberry, plum, anise, and Provençal herbs. Its bright acidity and firm, smooth tannins make it an excellent pairing with lamb or duck. Delicious! Yet another great example of French wines to try. – AM

Bodega Gregorio Martínez, Rioja Tinto – 2013 $19.96
This is not your typical Rioja. Made entirely from Mazuelo (also known as Carignan), this wine is juicy and filled with rich red fruit, a touch of spice, and enticing floral aromatics. Pair with duck, pork or cured meats and you won’t be disappointed! Yet another great example of French wines, Spanish wines, and USA wines to try. – TI

Evesham Wood Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley – 2015 $22.96
Brilliant red fruit aromas laced with fragrant spice is what can be found in this Willamette Valley Pinot Noir. Pristine vineyards from a perfect growing AVA in Oregon is the best starting point for world-class wine production. This bottle will stand out and easily accompany your next slow-cooked winter meal! Yet another great example of French wines, Spanish wines, and USA wines to try. – SB

Ridge Vineyards, Estate Merlot – 2012 $51.99
Wine making may be a romanticized pursuit, but perhaps not always transparent when it comes to the little details. Ridge Vineyards can always be counted on to let you know exactly how they make wines right on their label. Give the Merlot a go—it won’t disappoint with dark cherries, cassis, and silky tannic structure. Yet another great example of French wines, Spanish wines, and USA wines to try. – BR

“A Peïssou”, Dom. des Amiel – 2014 $19.96
In the southern French village of Mont Blanc, the Amiel brothers are composing an intense, but nuanced, Syrah that sings of rich crushed blackberries and plum. Notes of pepper, spice, wildflowers, and a hint of smoked meat all harmonize. This wine is truly music for the mouth! Yet another great example of French wines to try. – DY

Marques de Riscal, Rueda Superior – 1992 $49.96
Inside this decades-old half-bottle of white Rueda is a dose of delight. Quite present, this “old” wine is energetic and full of stone fruit aromas and mineral textures. It is unoaked and fresh like Sauvignon Blanc. Age is just a number, baby, so don’t let it stand in the way of enjoying this rare and delightful cellar find. Yet another great example of French wines, Spanish wines, and USA wines to try. – SS