Even though summer is not budging in the Carolinas, I’m already in fall mode, planning ahead for the most inspiring, creative and colorful season of the year!
One of my favorite fall prep tasks is picking a good table wine for the season ahead! This year I didn’t have to search too hard. I found this gem of an organic red table wine called Roulé Rouge at Trader Joe’s for a very affordable $6 per bottle. Initially, I bought two bottles; one for Nadia and one for us to try. And, yes! We all fell in love with it, especially considering the incredible value for the price!
Needless to say I secured myself a full case of this beauty. I can’t say my Soldier was as excited, though. Even though he acknowledged that Roulé Rouge was a terrific find, he’s still hung up on – gasp – rosés, arguing that his favorite salmon-hued wine is thoroughly misunderstood and a very versatile food wine, regardless of the season. And right he is! However, seeing that I’m the chief wine drinker in this household and he just likes to see me happy… we ended up with a case of Roulé Rouge – and a couple of bottles of organic rosé!
Even though I knew right of the bat that this wine was a total winner in my books, I wasn’t sure how Nadia would rate it; the woman with the the ultra sharp senses who can sniff out minor faults in any wine from miles away. Well, Roulé Rouge scored almost full points in Nadia’s rigorous test, so, hurry to grab yourself a few bottles before word gets out that this wine is the cat’s pajamas!
Nadia rates wines according to the 20 point scale system which I convert over to an easy 5 star rating system so wine newbs get a chance to follow along as much as seasoned wine lovers!
Please note, this is not a sponsored post but an independent review of our favorite organic wines!
Organic Wine Review
Roulé Rouge Red Table Wine
with Nadia Hetzel
- 4.7 / 5
Deep purple-red, tinged with beautiful purple edges.
Cherry, Blackberry and plum with a touch of raspberry. Cocao Nibs and a little bit of smokiness with an overall nice clean nose. The smokiness adds an interesting edge.
Medium body, with somewhat intense acidity and some nice minerality in the back. Chewey tannins with a jammy aftertaste. Want to see what this guy tastes like in another 5 years.
Definitely an unadulturated gem. Tastes like a late summer trip to the south of France to revel in good food, meet real people and try locally crafted wines paired with mind blowing food.
My husband manages a very large wine department. He is German and has advanced WSET levels that he obtained in Austria. If you are a die-hard wine nut, try to marry a person who is too as it is so gratifying to taste a new wine with someone and instantly know what the look on their face means. The moment we stuck our nose in the glass then swirled and sipped, we were instantly swept to the south of France, somewhere between the Rhone and the Provence. My mouth instantly began to water. Michael looked at me and said, " I smell lamb roasting with garlic and rosemary!" I thought, " I love this guy, and this wine!" Then he told me that people are constantly coming to him wanting the authentic wine experience but their options are limited to near zero in the mid to lower price range. Well check out organic wines as this one isn't pumped full of botox, touting silicone body parts or has dazzling bright white teeth and is skinny beyond reason. Oh, wait this is a wine we are talking about... So it hasn't been given hidden sugar additions or undergone flash détente to remove unripe notes and turn it into a freakishly sweet fruit bomb (it's alive, master!!!!) or been chipped or micro oxed or hit with reverse osmosis. This is real wine my friends. Just like Jean-Paul would pull out of his great-grandfathers cellar to taste at a large and heavily food laden table under the canopy of a mediterranean orchard. It is exceedingly beautiful and shines with natural character!
Obviously, this wine can stand up to some spice and intense flavors. Pair with ratatouille, or just baked eggplant with a garlic laden sauce or try with a spicy and creamy Hokkaido pumpkin soup (lots of curry!) . Would be yummy splashed on steamed mussles and would lend itself perfectly to paella!
Cross-cultural winemaker extraordinaire with a K9 sense of smell and an engineering degree in enology and viticulture from the University of Geisenheim in Germany. Nadia has worked in many prestigious wineries including the renowned Riesling producer Schloss Johannisberg and the first organic winery in Germany, Weingut Sander. Outside of the wine cellar, you are likely to bump into Nadia at an open air Bluegrass concert or a whiffy cheese tasting.