Enjoying the recent Monday holiday with my girls, we stopped in at Gigi Trattoria in Rhinebeck, N.Y., for lunch. Gigi is a friendly, Tuscan-inspired restaurant that relies heavily on local Hudson Valley produce. It makes great thin-crust pizzas, parmesan-dusted fries and delicious white beans, plus it has a fun, modestly priced wine list—so everyone in the family wins.
Even though the wine list is more than half Italian, there’s good breadth, with a nice range of southern French selections as well. Who says you have to drink Italian with pizza? I opted for this Languedoc bottling from Mas des Chimères, made from a blend of Syrah, Grenache, Cinsault and Mourvèdre.
Winemaker Guilhem Dardé sold his family grapes to the local co-op for years before starting to make his own wine in the 1993 vintage. The 2007 offers a rich and silky texture, with very friendly, accessible black cherry, iron and lavender notes, followed by a peppery finish—it’s a textbook introduction to Languedoc reds. At just $44 on the list, it offered solid value too; 89 points for me, non-blind.