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This wine is under $15 in the Boston area and is made from grapes that will impress both the novice and the connoisseur. It’s a likable wine that is a safe bet for gift giving season, won’t break the bank and is different than most wines known to the average person.  Its full body and rich mouthfeel is a crowd pleaser.

Here are some facts about the wine and 3 grapes that were new to me on the crazy and fun journey to becoming a Wine Century Club member.

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Grange Des Dames 2013 Ventoux, a white Southern Rhône wine. Grapes are Clairette (40%), Grenache Blanc (40%), Bourboulenc (20%). This wine is delicious and can be enjoyed through the entire meal. I paired it with lemon risotto topped with asparagus and grilled scallops. The second day, I did not pair with any food and it was equally as enjoyable on its own. It has moderate acidity, peach, citrus and floral bouquet with a full body mouth feel, making it a satisfying but easy wine to drink.  It’s 13% alcohol and  I paid $10 for the bottle.

Clairette Blanche is a white wine grape variety most widely grown in the wine regions of Provence, Rhône and Languedoc in France. Clairette Blanche was often used to make vermouth, as it produces wine high in alcohol and low in acidity, yielding wines that are sometimes described as “flabby” and which tend to oxidize easily. These problems have been partially overcome by blending it with high-acid varieties.

Grenache Blanc is the fourth most widely planted white grape in France. It produces rich, full wines with bright flavors and crisp acidity. Grenache Blanc originated in Spain, and still plays a role in the wines of Rioja and Navarre. From Spain, it spread to France and has thrived in the vineyards of the Rhône valley and Châteauneuf-du-Pape.

Bourboulenc is rare, but is allowed into a number of white wine appellations of southern France. The variety is found in the regions Southern Rhône, Provence and Languedoc. Bourboulenc has been grown in southern France for centuries, and has been proposed to be of Greek origin. It has high acidity.

The appellation of Ventoux reflects higher altitudes and  cooler climate than most  Côtes du Rhône. Listed as a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO in 1990, the Mont Ventoux site is the privileged setting for vineyards working with respect for the region’s natural environment and for its historic and cultural heritage. Ventoux wines were served at the table of the kings of France. On the slopes of Mont Ventoux, amid holm oak, white oak, cedar, beech, larch and pine, the Mediterranean and Alpine worlds meet. The area is home to many rare or endemic plant species. This vitality and profusion of scents is a potent influence on the wide range of AOC Ventoux wines.