Wherein we ask local wine notables to make our weeknight drinking decisions for us.

2012 Marcel Lapierre Raisins Gaulois

Joelle Hand, of Cavatappi Distribuzione, considers herself “a hopelessly romantic wine lover.” Though wine was always on the dinner table growing up, she really fell head over heels while studying abroad in France, traveling the country to visit wine caves and regions.

After working as a private chef and caterer, Hand was the wine and beer buyer at Central Coop’s Madison Market. She found herself buying a lot of wine from Cavatappi so, when a job opening came along for a Seattle Metro Wine Sales Rep at Cavatappi, she jumped at the opportunity.“I loved their book, and everyone who worked there seemed to be happy, long-standing (if not hilarious and irreverent) employees.” 

So what do you think, Joelle, what should I drink tonight?

My pick is the 2012 Marcel Lapierre Raisins Gaulois. When the days start getting cooler, I reach for Beaujolais. Few wines pair with fall and harvest fare like Gamay. Raisins Gaulois is a perfect Thanksgiving wine and it will be on my table. Lapierre’s 2012 Raisins Gaulois is made up of mostly Cru Morgon fruit with a bit of AOC Beaujolais. You get Morgon quality with the AOC price tag. The wine is bright and lively with juicy cherry and cranberries, and notes of violets, earth, and licorice. Put a slight chill on this one and you will have a crowd pleaser.

The Price: $14

Find It: Leschi Wine Market, Wine World & Spirits