Pantry Restock: $16 Côtes du Rhône Returns

When you don’t know what else to open, open this

We’re big fans of “pantry pasta.” You know the type — al dente spaghetti, parmesan, garlic, olive oil, butter, and some combination of pepper flakes, anchovy, lemon, etc. Sometimes we love spending hours in the kitchen working on a multistep gustatory masterpiece — other times, we make this.

And today we’re suggesting this dish’s vinous equivalent — Goubert’s Côtes du Rhône. It’s gulpable, crowd-pleasing (remember dinner parties?), and delightfully affordable. The 2019 is as good as it’s ever been — a warm year with generous richness and excellent texture.

At $3.20 a glass, you’ll probably spend more on the parmesan for your pasta.

A Côtes du Rhône should be three things: refreshing, dark, and inexpensive. Goubert’s is all three. The relatively low alcohol, keeps it fresh and lively on the palate. The blend of six grapes classic Rhône grapes forms a rich, hearty, dark wine. And it’s inexpensive enough to pull out at a moment’s notice.

Winemaker Florence Cartier has improved this cuvée perhaps more than any other since she took over a few years ago. The nose is expressive and surprisingly refined, showing dark wild cherries, raspberries, and a hint of menthol. The mouth is both jammy and refreshing, with notes of white pepper, licorice, raspberry and plums.

It’s a by-the-glass wine for your kitchen, something to enjoy before and during your meal. When your eyes glaze over from too much Zooming, give this a try.


Goubert Côtes du Rhône 2019
bottle price: $16

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