RKS Wine: Inexpensive French Wine: Pays d’Oc

Generally speaking Southern France, particularly Pays d’Oc, can be a good region for inexpensive wine with quality a bit of a hit and miss but isn’t that the case for just about all wine regions?

The Gayda Syrah 2020 retails for $14.95 in Ontario. The Liquor Control Board of Ontario’s description in its April 16, 2022 catalogue says this wine is an astonishing value making it a can’t miss option. Forget the marketing hype and investigate on your own.

As for aromas the wine has a presence. Expect blackberry, black cherry and some spice. On the palate expect blackberry to rule hanging in there like a nearly expired monarch. The palate is coated pleasantly with richness that might be better defined but the sourness I am registering with so many red wines is thankfully not lurking in this wine. Short finish. Not a complex wine but there are no flaws. It can be quaffed on its own but as there is summer on my mind try with a Swedish Lindstrom burger.

RKS Wine Rating 88/100. If you are comfortable with a simple but well-made wine well then this is a “can’t miss option”.

(Gayda Syrah 2020, IGP Pays d’Oc, Domaine Gayda, Brugairolles, France, $14.95, Liquor Control Board of Ontario # 392977, 750 mL, 13.5%, RKS Wine Rating 88/100).

Published by Robert K Stephen (CSW)

Robert K Stephen writes about food and drink, travel, and lifestyle issues. He is one of the few non-national writers to be certified as a wine specialist by the Society of Wine Educators, in Washington, DC. Robert was the first associate member of the Wine Writers’ Circle of Canada. He also holds a Mindfulness Certification from the University of Leiden and the University of Toronto. Be it Spanish cured meat, dried fruit, BBQ, or recycled bamboo place mats, Robert endeavours to escape the mundane, which is why he has established this publication. His motto is, "Have Story, Will Write."

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