I have been a fan of the fine wines from the firm of E. Guigal in Ampuis, France, for many years. These wines from the Côtes du Rhône are of very high quality, yet are typically priced quite reasonably.
Founded in 1946 by Etienne Guigal, his son Marcel has led the family estate since 1961 and his son Philippe – Etienne’s grandson – serves today as Director and Oenologist at the E. Guigal winery. Tradition is important at E. Guigal.
While in general, only 2% of the wine produced in the Côtes du Rhône region is white wine, E. Guigal focuses more heavily on white wines, which account for a full 25% of their overall wine production. The result of that focus is beautiful, well-made white wines such as the current 2016 vintage of E. Guigal Côtes du Rhône Blanc ($17.99).
This is a fruity, rich and complex Viognier-based wine with a good mineral foundation and no oak. It’s brimming with flavors and aromas of peach, honeysuckle, pear and apricot – a truly gorgeous mouthful of wine for the price. E. Guigal Côtes du Rhône Blanc would be a slam-dunk for your next picnic or just for sipping on the deck or patio.
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Originally trained as an anthropologist, Ted Scheffler is a seasoned food, wine & travel writer based in Utah. He loves cooking, skiing, and spends an inordinate amount of time tending to his ever-growing herd of guitars and amplifiers.