Merrier with Food and Wines!

Ok so much for creativity in names but as written several pieces in my blog on my other passion, and lastly on Champagne for the season to be merrier, why not wines. Ok still wines ok…

We have a strong tradition of pairing correctly food and wine or wine and food. Over the years it has been relax a bit due to modern trends, however, the old traits still remain very strong. I am on the old trails and wine is indeed a passion only surpass by food; and both are paired heaven falls on earth!

Let me give you of the so many choices some  ideas of my own as taken from various plublication on the subject here and choosing my favorites. Hope you enjoy it and help you choose not necessarily the same but the same matching idea!

Some of the combination I would suggest for a wonderful chic Christmas dinner and end of year. More power to you ! Enjoy it

The plain oysters go well with a Sèvre-et-Maine muscadet. For my part, I will choose the Château du Cléray, flagship of the Domaines Sauvion. This cuvée, coming from the sandy and loamy soils of the Pays Nantais, is first expressed by notes of green fruit (kiwi, apple), and more muted aromas of mint; on the palate, the structure is invigorating and refreshing. One of my all time favorite property know the owners and in laws and had plenty , enjoy it. More info :

At the table or for the aperitif, with old-fashioned scallops. This white with a captivating nose flirts with exotic fruits. In the mouth, it is lively – very lemony – and gives a boost to the taste buds. Ideal with an iodized dish in sauce to counterbalance the oiliness. Cœur de Charmes Mâcon-Lugny,

With a stir-fried veal dish. This cuvée is a real treat, an explosion of fresh fruit. Ultra delicious, it can be enjoyed around 10-12 ° C, at the table with white meats. Château La Genestière, Cuvée Château, Tavel 2018 right off the press try it in your area here is the 2017.

One of my favorite dishes is an orange duck breast. This gamay – aged 16 months in concrete egg and barrels – is surprising. It is a cheerful blend of licorice and coffee, blackberry and spices. Domaine de la Pirolette, Le Carjot, Saint-Amour. Domaine de la Pirolette St Amour

With a foie gras toast .This sweet wine has a bewitching bouquet of honey, quince paste and roasted pears. The mouth is balanced. Its sweetness does not weigh down the palate. Château La Vieille Bergerie, Quercus, Monbazillac 2014,

With sea shells seafood: Domaine Laporte, owned by the Bourgeois Family, cultivates 21 hectares organically. This Sancerre comes from a part call Le Rochoy – de Silex ( flint). Ultra mineral, it has a lemon zest present on the nose. The palate is more enveloping, and you can almost perceive the yellow flesh fruits. Le Rochoy, Laporte, Sancerre.

With a hare stew or a doe roast . The first Saint-Estèphe vineyard to have obtained the organic label, Château de Côme is renowned for its elegant wines. This cuvée – an equal blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot – proves it. Its intense color, its flavors of wild berries and its fine tannins give a lot of relief to its tasting. Château de Côme 2015, Saint-Estèphe. More here :

With a Bucco Osso. 100% Cabernet Franc, from vines over 58 years old planted on the most beautiful plots of the estate, this wine has spent 18 months in half-muids. A bit austere with its tight tannins at the start, it only gains by flourishing on a traditional dish in sauce. Eclipse n ° 12, Frédéric Mabileau, Saint Nicolas de Bourgueil, as coming closer to this region more I enjoy their wines, house wine par excellence chez moi. Just out not in webpage yet! More here:

With calf’s sweetbreads. Peach, white flower, apricot … Evocations multiply with the aromatic reading of this champagne. Without forgetting its finesse which makes it a good companion for generous dishes. Champagne Devaux, Grande Réserve. Champagne Devaux

 Coming closer to home you can have a Muscadet Sévres et Maine Cuvée le fief du breil, Domaine de la Louvetrie 2010 of Joseph Landron. Sublime with our local oysters belon, a refined and saline wine. Domaines Landron domaine de la louvetrie

Château Montus XL, Vignobles Brumont Madiran 1998. Twenty years seems like the good age for Madiran, when the wood of the aging fades to become the support of delicate and floral perfumes and the mouth remains full and aromatically as complex. The name of XL refers to the new lightning of 600 liters that the ancestors of Alain Brumont bought to raise the best of great vintages. A tradition that is amply justified.

Château des Jacques, Champ de Cour, Moulin-à-vent 2005. (part of Maison Louis Jadot) The dress is not very evolved, the initially discreet nose opens to the air on very elegant raspberry scents, while the mouth impresses with its very fruity attack, its straight and full suite, whose scents continue for a long time . Raise like a burgundy, with a long maceration of grapes picked by hand, sorted and hand picked, this wine has completely digested its long aging in new barrels. Another proof that the Moulin à Vent terroir belongs to the greats of Burgundy.

Domaine Charles Joguet, Les Varennes du Grand Clos ,Chinon 2006. Scents of undergrowth without an ounce of green pepper, a marker of immature Cabernet Franc, this is the first pleasure offered by this 2006, which still turns out to be quite juvenile on the palate, with its round and fruity notes. The wine is clean, well built but not harsh, with a pleasantly smoky finish. This Sazilly terroir, on the left bank of the Vienne, planted between 1962 and 1976, confirms its aptitude for aging. Its peak will last several years.

Louis Jadot,Pommard 1er cru Les Rugiens 2007.Again one of my all time favorite producer met owner and tour his facilities on a personal touch. A sparkling fruit wine, which smells of wild strawberries and surprises with its delicacy of attack. The result is that of a pommard, powerful, structured and long.

Domaine Cosse Maisonneuve, Cahors Les Laquets 2004. A still bluish robe, earthy notes that evolve very quickly towards a bright fruit and explode in the mouth. Tight texture, fullness and length. They are at 46700 Lacapelle-Cabanac open no webpage. Info here: Domaine Cosse Maisonneuve by vigneron d’exception

And when next in Paris do stop by to this combination of well known actors who will excel at their new innovative project.

Armed with their smartphones, customers who push the door of La Nouvelle Cave are invited to scan a QR code which allows them to obtain recommendations based on different entry keys: price, colors, region, wine pairings, etc. Once the choice has been made, the customer only has to go to the LED that will have lit, which will tell him/her where the chosen bottle is!

Playful and clever, especially for those in a hurry and for those who would hesitate to address the three wine merchants, present 6 days a week, from 10h to 20h., as well as on Sunday morning. Located on rue Turbigo, in the 3éme arrondissement of Paris, and inaugurated just last December 12, the new 140 m2 boutique dedicated to wines and spirits imagined by the Casino group and its e-commerce subsidiary Cdiscount looks like a UFO. The concept is aimed more at millennials (20-35 / 40 years old) than experienced amateurs looking for vintage wines (only around forty references). Pink ceiling, polished concrete on the ground, walls covered with metal pipes which descend on the walls like a large organ give this atypical space an air of never seen . The French news is here: Group Casino on La Nouvelle Cave

And there you go have a blast drink the wonderful wines of France, the very best always imitated but never surpassed. Even if all use the French ::)

And remember , happy travels, good health,and many cheers to all!!!



2 Comments to “Merrier with Food and Wines!”

  1. Some great suggestions, thanks! And a very merry Christmas to you! ⛄️

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