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KOPPER KITCHEN Ham and gooey cheese on savory grilled egg bread, dusted with powdered sugar ($7.99). 2661 Airport Way, 208-344-5619, kopperkitchen.com.
THE SOUTHERN COTES DU RHONE In the northern part of France’s Cotes du Rhone region, the
MURPHY’S Served with raspberry puree, this Monte Cristo belongs in Monte Carlo ($12). 1555 Broadway Ave., 208-3443691, murphysboise.com.
syrah grape is king, but in the south, red blends rule. Grenache typically leads off that blend, but more than a half-dozen other grape varieties can enter into the mix. The result is an alluring red wine that is one of my unabashed favorites. Three different appellations from the southern Rhone (at three very different price points) made the cut this week:
2009 ANDRE BRUNEL COTES DU RHONE VILLAGES, CUVEE SABRINE, $13 This grenache, syrah, mourvedre blend is a bit funky at ﬁrst with its earthy hit of dill on the nose, but it blows off, letting
RAEDEAN’S This sammy comes with criss-cut fries and sliced strawberries in syrup for dipping ($7.99). 4969 Overland Road, 208-336-2201.
ﬂoral berry aromas come through. There’s none of that quirkiness on the palate, where supple cherry, berry and plum fruit ﬂavors are matched by bright acidity and velvety tannins. A nice touch of mocha comes through on the ﬁnish.
2008 DOMAINE PAUL AUTARD CHATEAUNEUF-DU-PAPE, $38 A light spiciness adds color to the round, ripe cherry, vanilla and light coffee aromas in this blend of six different grapes (grenache and syrah take the lead). There’s a New World richness to this wine with its silky red fruit ﬂavors and soft oak. The creamy ﬁnish is marked by touches of coffee and tobacco.
MISS TAMI’S COTTAGE Meat-and-cheese-encased-ina-giant-doughnut-wich. Delish ($11.79). 1031 N. Main St., Meridian, 208-888-6829, miss-tamis.com.
2007 PERRIN & FILS VACQUEYRAS, LES CHRISTINS, $27 From the Perrin family of Chateau Beaucastel fame comes this blend of grenache (80 percent) and syrah. It offers earthy berry and plum fruit aromas backed by fresh ground, dark roast coffee, white pepper and herb. This is a remarkably smooth and elegant wine with seamless cherry and raspberry fruit ﬂavors, in which ripe tannins and a hint of anise come through on the lengthy ﬁnish. —David Kirkpatrick
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WESTSIDE DRIVE-IN The Full Monte—a tripledecker coated in tempura and deep-fried ($6.79). 1939 W. State St., 208-3422957, cheﬂou.com.
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