When the sun reaches its zenith, the solstice, it’s time to start those weekend getaways and midsummer night sips.
Get your Côtes du Rhône lined up, village by village, and follow the world’s greatest cycle race, the Tour de France. It stops in Côtes du Rhône’s Valence on July 20 and takes off from Saint Paul Trois Châteaux west to the Ardèche gorges the next day.
When you have Côtes du Rhône wine and a river, a lake, a pool or a patio, it is a given that there will be music. There’s Bonnaroo in Tennessee, Telluride Bluegrass in Colorado, Firefly Festival in Delaware and Rhône’s own Jazz á Vienne and that’s just in June.
Wherever you are, light the grill, pour the wine and make your music.
These Côtes du Rhône wines are the perfect match for grilled meats, chicken and veggies on the backyard barbecue. It’s that full body and spicy red taste that really makes the match. Or just try a wonderful Côtes du Rhône white wine with linguine and shrimp.
Our preference? Baby-back ribs on a lakeside campfire (yes, camping in a tent) with a Côtes du Rhône Villages red wine. You will thank us for it.
Without a doubt, these high quality and diverse (everybody will like what you bring to the table) wines have enough character to lift your neighbor’s bacon-heavy baked beans or Uncle Jon’s super spicy deviled eggs.
From spicy made-for-meat reds and thirst-quenching rosés to fragrant and zesty whites, you will get the kudos for your so-French choice.
If only summer with Côtes du Rhône wines would go on forever. Luckily, the winter solstice is perfect for fireside sipping those delicious Côtes du Rhône reds.