It is a classy blend of 80% Grenache and 20% Syrah, so it’s bright and fresh on top, a little plump in the middle, and structured enough to be appealing, with cherry fruit graduating to deeper plum and red berries with a little touch of sun-kissed earthiness that every Rhone should have.

That’s a handsome description for a versatile wine in the $11—15 price range around the country. So grab yourself a bottle of Laurence Feraud Côtes-du-Rhône, 2009, and you’ll get a good vintage of tasty, well made wine from one of the better winemakers in the Rhone Valley. Everyone loves a bargain, right?