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Wine of the Week: 2010 Les Terrasses d'Eole Ventoux

June 09, 2012|By S. Irene Virbila | Los Angeles Times
  • 2010 Les Terrasses d'Eole Ventoux.
2010 Les Terrasses d'Eole Ventoux. (Ricardo DeAratanha / Los…)

Think South of France, Rhone Valley. Inky dark, with the taste of sun-baked blackberries, brambles, something wild and woolly. This is a Côtes de Ventoux from the hills just below the famous Mt. Ventoux, one of the stages in the Tour de France bicycle race.

The current vintage, 2010, is perfect for a burger bash or to wash down a rack of baby back ribs. Too intense for sipping on its own, this is a wine that needs food, and food with big, bold flavors. It's inexpensive enough that you can by it by the case to have on hand for summer's barbecues.

Region: Côtes de Ventoux, Rhone Valley

Price: About $9

Style: Full-bodied and intense

Burgers and barbecue

Where to find it: Silverlake Wine in Los Angeles, (323) 662-9024, http://www.silverlakewine.com; the Wine Club in Santa Ana, (714) 835-6485, http://www.thewineclub.com; and Woodland Hills Wine Co. in Woodland Hills, (818) 222-1111, http://www.whwc.com.

irene.virbila@latimes.com

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