Mark Oldman "comes to Paris" for Chinon, a stimulating bistro favorite evocative of red fruits, earth, and sometimes a savory "green" quality. Derived from the Chenin Blanc grape, its light-to-medium weight and tangy acidity make it perfect for warding off tryptophanic spells at the Thanksgiving table. Featured wine: Alain & Jerome Lenoir Chinon "Les Roches" 2002 (France, 11 Euros) More Standout Chinon Baudry Chinon "Les Granges" 2009 ($16) Couly-Dutheil Chinon "Baronnie Madeleine" 2007 ($18) Jean-Maurice Raffault 2008 ($15) Les Paradis Chinon 2009 ($10) Other Lissome Loire Reds Catherine et Pierre Breton Bourgueil "Trinch!" 2009 ($17) Cave de Bourgueil Bourgueil 2009 ($12) Frederic Mabileau "Éclipse No. 8" St-Nicolas-de-Bourgueil 2008 ($30) Visit www.MarkOldman.com for more free wine lessons and more about Oldman's Brave New World of Wine. "Poosh It"
Mired in the same old Merlot morass? Thirsting to drink like an insider? Award-winning wine writer Mark Oldman is back to rescue your taste buds from the routine and reveal insider favorites from around the globe that are affordable and readily attainable.