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Executive editor Thomas Matthews joined Wine Spectator in 1988. His tasting beat is Spain.
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French White, Beets, Snails

Ferraton Père & Fils Côtes du Rhône White Samorëns 2007

Thomas Matthews
Posted: September 22, 2009

Sara and I celebrated her mother’s birthday by taking her to Belleville, a casual bistro near us in Park Slope. (Nancy, who grew up in West Virginia, must have been French in a former life.)

It was our first visit to the restaurant, and we were taken with the Parisian decor, the sturdy classic dishes and the friendly service. We were also pleasantly surprised to discover that all bottles on the wine list are discounted 40 percent on Wednesday nights, the night we happened to go.

That made a Ferraton white Côtes du Rhône an extremely affordable $24. It was also very tasty, with distinctive flavors of pear, almond and herb. The white was rich enough to handle snails with garlic, butter and parsley, but fresh enough to match a bright beet and arugula salad. I rated it 86 points, non-blind, and enjoyed seeing Nancy enjoy the last drop.

WineSpectator.com members: Read the original blind-tasting review for Ferraton Père & Fils Côtes du Rhône White Samorëns 2007 (85, $15 retail).

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