A little sip of France enjoyed from the comfort of a cozy home? Yes, please!

A little sip of France enjoyed from the comfort of a cozy home? Yes, please!

The Chinon La Vignette en Veron ($15 at Wine on High) is a perfect candidate for fireside drinking and a definite crowd-pleaser for fans of dry, medium-bodied red wine.

It might not be the definition of bone-dry, but it doesn't fall far from that mark. It's softly tannic, with very little spice, earthiness or even smokiness. Deep red fruits with a slight acidity, like raspberries, coat the tongue.

Chinon is a town in France known for its reds (primarily) and some roses. France is generally known for its reds — Burgundy, Bordeaux. Surely you've heard of some of those.

Although this bottle is labeled, simply, “red wine” (typical of French wines, which tend to claim their place of origin first and foremost), a quick online search shows it's a cabernet franc — handpicked, no less.

For a wine under $15 (which, face it, is on the high side of what we'll spend for a non-holiday-occasion wine anyway), this one won't disappoint.

As far as pairings, what's up with wine-food pairings, anyway? An article about paint colors reminded me: an accent or "pairing" can make all the difference. Dark-blue walls with fuchsia, feminine; with grey, masculine. Wine with a certain dish can come across much differently than with another, enjoyed side-by-side. And who doesn't want some food with wine?

This one's medium body lends it well to stew or grilled meat or burgers.

Photo by Meghan Ralston