I love wine, particularly red wine, but don’t have much of a budget. I’m always on the lookout for good deals. A lot of what goes into the price of wine is marketing. I’ve had horrible expensive wines and incredibly excellent cheap wine. Here is one recent find:

La Vieille Ferme Red 2008 AOC Côtes du Ventoux

My  favorite place in the world is Provence, France. I have stayed the past couple of times in a self-catered “apartment” in a beautiful 18th century farmstead just outside the hilltop town of Caseneuve in the Cotes du Luberon, near Apt. The Cotes du Ventoux is not too far away and I had wines from both areas. In the US, I never had a Cotes du Ventoux I really liked, all were inexpensive as it is not a major fine wine producer. Even Cotes du Luberon wines were, and still are, pretty scarce.

La Vieille Ferme Red 2008 changed my mind and was only $6.99. This is obviously a French red table wine, but it is very smooth, dark and fruity. I have had some French cheapo table wines that were very harsh. It is made from Grenache, Syrah and Cinsault grapes.  I haven’t tried other years, but this one is a winner.


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