What would come to your mind if you were sitting at a cafe in the town of Sassenage, just southwest of Lyon, the epicurean capital of France, gazing at what is referred to as the French Alps and being totally taken by the beauty and splendor of it? Well, if you were Paul Kalemkiarian, President of the Wine of the Month Club, your thoughts would undoubtedly turn to wine.
Paul decided to put together a series of wines that could reflect the peace and tranquility of the place from which they hail. As he soon found out, it's easier said than done.
Because the Wine of the Month Club has connections all over the world, we can work with the best growers and winemakers to build a vision, no matter how lofty it may be. Like fine cooking, it takes time and patience. A little of this, a little of that and eventually you find what you're looking for.
For this gem, Paul found a unique Merlot and Petit Verdot blend grown in the cooler parts of Paso Robles on very dense soil. This combination of soil and climate produces smaller grapes of delicacy and lower alcohols. In other words, tranquility.
Merlot, especially when blended with Petit Verdot, can be very imposing and most people would expect it to be so. But our selection is a gentler and finer offering that can actually complement foods that larger wines would overpower. Lilting cherries are followed by red roses, finishing with chocolate and spice that make it all work beautifully together.