By now, we’re all supposed to feel comfy with French wine pairings and grape names, oui? But if something about labels, varietals, and that chicken-fish-beef conundrum still baffles, take a ride on Red Bicyclette. Pitched as a “friendly” French wine, this southern-region smoothie aims for fruity, not snooty, and comes from just three basic sun-drenched grapes: Chardonnay, Syrah, and Merlot. Plus, it sports a sociable price ($12) and a happy little French bike rider and his pooch on the label. Still not comfortable? Mais non. www.redbicyclette.com
— Rob Brinkley