Yes, today is National Drink Wine Day. But as the cartoon so eloquently indicates, isn’t every day? So rather than talk about the “holiday,” let’s pour a glass and toast. I think tonight is going to be a Rhone sort of night. I love Rhone-style varietals. Give me a luscious GSM (Grenache, Mourvèdre, Syrah), and I am in my happy place. They often feature a combination of berry fruit and spice, which I think makes them great for drinking alone or with food. Each of these varietals individually has loads to offer, too.
Finding a 100% Syrah or Grenache is relatively easy, but for a 100% Mourvèdre, not so much. I encountered my first Mourvèdre in Livermore, CA — during my fledgling wine drinking years — at a small winery called Thomas Coyne (R.I.P. Tom). Thomas Coyne had an affinity for Rhone-style wines and, in hindsight, that explains why I liked his wines. I recall bold fruit that finished with a lingering spice.
If you can put this winery on your next wine road trip, I recommend asking to try the single vineyard, small berry Mourvèdre. This one is not widely distributed and is limited production. And bring a picnic. And plan to stay awhile.