E. Guigal is one of the most recognizable Cotes du Rhone labels in America. Since 1946 they have been producing some of the most impressive wines in the Rhone Valley. Guigal Cotes du Rhone Blanc (13.00) and Costes du Rhone Rouge (16.00) are a great place to start experimenting with “Rhone Style” wines. Rhone wines are generally blends–in the case of reds, the key players are Syrah, Grenache, and Mourvedre. In the case of whites, it’s often Clairette, Grenache Blanc, and Viognier.
Expect rich, complex flavors in an Old World style (in other words, no butter balls or fruit bombs.)