Northern Rhone Red: The Original Syrah

Of course these wines’ virtues are also their vices when taken to the extreme. At their worst, St. Joseph is musty or overripe and Crozes is bland or astringent. But at their best, they represent the depth and diversity of Northern Rhone syrah at prices that won’t break the bank.

Syrah is actually a terrific summer wine because it pairs well with grilled foods. Low-alcohol syrah like that of the Northern Rhone is even more versatile, because it isn’t overcome by the spice and sweetness of many marinades. So don’t feel that because it’s hot outside you have to forgo robust red wines. Northern Rhones deserve to be drunk in every season. Likewise, if you’re mourning fifty degree June evenings as I am, cozy up to a bottle of Northern Rhone and wash your blues away with the best syrah twenty bucks can buy.
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For more than 25 years, The California Wine Club founders Bruce and Pam Boring have explored all corners of California’s wine country to find award-winning, handcrafted wine to share with the world. Each month, the club features a different small family winery and hand selects two of their best wines for members.