I was cruising the aisles of Whole Foods looking for an inexpensive wine to pair with burgers and was pleasantly surprised to see a bottle of Château Coupe Roses La Bastide Minervois on the shelf for $14. I have uncorked many bottles of this blend of old-vine Carignan, Grenache, and Syrah in the past and was pretty impressed with the QPR. The wine hails from the Languedoc region of France and the family-run winery adheres to minimalist winemaking philosophies.
This is a fun and funky wine. Fresh tastes of plum, dark berries, tar, and anise are surrounded by earthiness and bright acid. Not too complicated yet far more satisfying than a lot of other wines in the same price range. Perfect for grilling and just light enough for warm, summer nights! (13% alcohol)