The map of the Côtes du Rhône wine region
Côtes du Rhône are fruity red, white, and rosé wines made in the Rhône valley of southeastern France. They vary in flavors and quality, depending on the region, and the producer. Usually Côtes du Rhône Villages is an indication of a higher quality wine. Suggested food pairings include Pot Roast, Veal Stew, Wild Boar, and Roast Turkey.
Côtes du Rhône starts at about $10-12 a bottle and while it goes up does not reach stratospheric heights. Even the better quality Côtes du Rhône Villages can often be found in the $16 to $18 range. Look for Jean-Luc Colombo 2005 Les Abeilles Côtes du Rhône Rouge Rhone Red Blends Wine at about $10 a bottle, tasting of licorice with spicy flavors and silky tannins. This is a bargain. In my article I Love French Wine And Food - A Red Côtes du Rhône I reviewed a Réserve Perrin Côtes du Rhône for about $12. It was round and pleasant with lots of dark fruits and spices, but it isn't as good as the previous wine. In the very different price range of about $30 you should try the mostly Grenache Domaine Santa Duc Gigondas that tastes of red cherries.