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My love of marsanne recently pulled me towards the “other whites” section at Whole Foods.  I love to learn about and try different varietals of wine.  My recent wine travels have taught me quite a bit about white whites made from Rhone varietals, including marsanne, grenache blanc, viognier and roussane.  Today’s wine was grown and made in the Costieres de Nimes region of the Southern Rhone by Chateau Roustan.  This wine is lovely for sipping on the porch on a sunny spring afternoon (I know this for a fact!).  It is a blend of roussane (60%), grenache blanc (20%) and viognier (20%).  It smells of peaches and honeysuckle.  It is bone dry but luxuriously silky and decadent.  This would a great wine for Chardonnay lovers who want to try something different.

While it can easily be enjoyed on its own, this lovely wine also pairs nicely with creamy cheeses like my current obsession La Tur, with light seafood dishes or even a platter of fajitas (I don’t know this for a fact but am hungry and think the combo would be great).  I still really believe that marsanne and scallops are a match made in heaven, however, this beauty would certainly make a great substitute.  And at $14 it won’t break the bank.

Note: Most of the words in this piece that are French or describe French regions should have accents on them but that is too advanced for my blogging software – just wanted you to know this is not an oversight.

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