Time for a Few New Wines!

I tend to find things that I like and just stick to them. It gets you into a rut, especially when you need to write a quarterly wine column! I used this as motivation to try a few new wines to share with you.

E. Guigal Côte-Rôtie Brune et Blonde

I love the Rhône wines of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Wanting to find wines similar in nature, I tried this red at a dinner with a friend and former client recently. If I liked wines of the Southern Rhône, why not look a bit north? The producer, Guigal, made the Côte-Rôtie region famous in the ’80s, and this wine may be the low-end of their line at $59 at retail—but it was truly an amazing offering. It offers the flavors associated with the Syrah that is its main component, but with a smoothness that is accentuated by co-fermentation with the white varietal, Viognier.

Guigal Côtes du Rhône Red

I tend to be a lot more frugal in the wines that I generally drink at home. Following the success of the Guigal Côte-Rôtie, I called on my wine experts at Chicago retailer, Binny’s, for something that might be close but at a much lower price point. At $13, they recommended this wine. It is amazing at that price—very rich with a peppery flavor characteristic of Syrah grapes, and it remains smooth as a newborn’s bottom.

2012 Bernard Magrez Napa Valley Cabernet

On the other hand, I am one to celebrate with those I love. When my daughter, Abby, came to visit, I broke out this amazing $149 (at retail) wine recommended to me by my broker. Bernard Magrez is a French wine magnate who decided to buy the best grapes from Napa to craft a world-class red. This rare 100-point wine is everything that a cabernet should be: Rich, full-bodied, with fruit screaming out at you from the first sip. Yet, it is also incredibly well balanced and smooth. Several reviewers suggest that this wine could compete with $400-$500 bottles. All I know is that I loved it, and both Abby and my wife, Rhonda, declared the wine their new favorite.

  • Jay Carter

    Jay Carter is Senior VP and Director of Strategy Services for AbelsonTaylor. Jay has worked for 31 years in the medical advertising industry, the last 28 at AbelsonTaylor. He’s had the pleasure of working with some of the finest minds (and hearts) in pharma. Along the way, he’s developed a passion for championing health brands to clinicians and consumers, and championing the medical advertising industry as a worthwhile career.


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