- The Washington Times - Tuesday, July 8, 2003

Colombelle, Vin de Pays des Cotes de Gascogne, 2002, $8

This zesty white wine from southwestern France offers no prestige but plenty of bright, vivacious flavor. It’s a great reminder that good wine can come from unlikely places and offers super summer sipping at a bargain price.

Wine lovers know the Cotes de Gascogne primarily as the source of Armagnac, the region’s famed fiery brandy. But not all the wine in the area gets distilled. This wine is a blend of colombard and ugni blanc grapes, the same ones used for Armagnac. Though these varieties often yield dull, simple table wines, in this case, they offer plenty of bright flavor and fine balance.

With a floral-scented bouquet followed by expressive flavors reminiscent of peaches and ripe pears, this wine tastes fresh and lively. Light-bodied, it is delicious on its own as an aperitif and should pair nicely with summer salads and other light fare. (Imported by Franklin Selections.)

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