Caves du Fournalet – Red – Cotes du Rhone

When you’re on the San Francisco Bay, it’s always sweatshirt weather… at it’s warmest.  Today looks like a typical day so’ we’ve got our sweatshirts and jackets ready!

It’s August and we’re riding the 5:30pm ferry across the bay home from work . . . the worlds BEST commute! The sun shines down on us as we watch the fog roll over the hills of Marin to the sound of clinking glasses, laughter with everybody have a nice time. This is just simply WONDERFUL! The wind blows through the bustling conversation among the usual tourists, commuters and friends as we pass Alcatraz and the opening of the Bay to the North Pacific.

The Golden Gate was named centuries ago after it’s appearance during  sunset, the whole opening turns golden!  If you watch carefully and the sun is going down when the ferry cruises across the sun reflects off the structure and for a brief moment the bridge appears to be made of gold!

I reach into my briefcase and pull out my bottle of Caves du Fournalet Cotes du Rhone. Cheers are raised!  This is our second bottle of wine tonight but the group is large and the party strong.  With a loud POP the bottle is opened and the wine is ready . . . this doesn’t need to breath to eliminate any off flavors!

This is a nice chewy red – ready to drink right after we open it but with some substance and this nice red warms you right up. We pour a round and savor the momemt – today, the world is good.

Cotes du Rhone (red), Caves du Fournalet, 2009

Cotes du Rhone, Caves du Fournalet, 2009

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2 Responses


  1. ron gilbert 

    Hello,
    I have been drinking Caves du Fournalet Cotes du Rhone FOR YEARS! Best wine I have ever had! Trader Joe’s has discontinued. Any ideas where I might be able to find a bottle. The last bottle that I was saving got broken, and i was unable to get the information off of the back label of the bottle. Any ideas? PLEASE?!!!

    Thank you,
    Ron Gilbert


  2. admin 

    Caves du Fournalet is a “reclassification” wine. This means another wine bottler puts another label on it. I agree they got a wonderful deal on it. I’ll check on which one it was. QUESTION: Do you remember when you bought it? Whose wine was reclassified varies with time.

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