I poured this wine for a French friend and he laughed when he looked at the label. "You know what
means? It's French slang for everyday wine."
That I didn't know, but it perfectly suits this bottle of red from Yakima Valley's Maison Bleue. It's a 50-50 blend of Grenache and Syrah from a well-regarded wine estate focused on Rhone varietals, and, at less than $20, it's a great buy for a wine with this much character.
Sniff it, swirl it, the 2009 Jaja red (there's also a white version) is a fan letter to the Rhone from
state's Yakima Valley. Flavors of plum and dark berries sing. We drank it with a pork roast, but it's going to go well with grilled or roasted lamb with herbs, beef daubes and stews, sandwiches and burgers.
Yakima Valley, Washington
Rich and spicy
What It goes with:
Roast pork, lamb chops, beef stews, burgers
Where to find it:
Italia Deli & Bakery in Agoura Hills, (818) 991-4838,
; Silverlake Wine in Los Angeles, (323) 662-9024,
; the Wine Country in Signal Hill, (562)597-8303,
; Wine Exchange in Orange, (714) 974-1454 and (800) 76-WINEX,