French wine tends to be pricey, but you can often finds bargains in wines from regions of France like the Rhone or Languedoc-Roussillon, for example.
For five generations, France’s Perrin family has been making award-winning Rhone wines, most famously at their celebrated Chateau de Beaucastel.
For much less money than Beaucastel, some of the Famille Perrin wines are extremely consistent and of excellent quality, and I was recently bowled over by Famille Perrin C0tes du Rhone Reserve Rouge ($11.99) and Cotes du Rhone Reserve Blanc ($10.99).
The red (rouge) is soft, light-bodied and friendly, yet with much complexity and earthiness—a very good value Cotes du Rh0ne.
Perrin’s white (blanc) C0tes du Rh0ne Reserve is Grenache Blanc-based, with lots of minerality and fruity flavors of peaches, pear and melon—again, an exceptional value.
I encourage you to try these red and white wines side-by-side with food that is fairly simple and wholesome: roasted chicken for example, or maybe choucroute. I really love both of them with my chicken in a pot recipe.