Provencal Pairings: Wine with Food

Provençal Pairings: Wine with Food

Regroup(er)ing

I know you. You spend significant time planning your menus and your wine pairings. Maybe not every day, but at least for special occasions. I certainly do, and this weekend was no exception.

I was planning an anniversary dinner for us. I bought a nice rosé (shocking, eh?) from Feast (www.eatatfeast.com), one of my go-to sources in Tucson for nice, unusual, and well-priced wines. Sometimes I plan the wine around the meal, sometimes the meal around the wine. This was a case of the latter.

The rosé — Commanderie de Peyrassol — is from Château Peyrassol, about 30 miles northwest of Saint Tropez. With its proximity to the Mediterranean (well, it’s not exactly ON the water), I planned to make fish for...
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Provençal Pairings: Wine with Food

A Comfortable Pour

I live in the deep Southwest of the United States. Just minutes from the Mexican border, we are so fortunate enjoy the cultural and culinary celebrations of our beloved neighbors. For those of you who see the news that this is the Wild, Wild West, rife with vigilantes and gun-toting grannies...
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Provençal Pairings: Wine with Food

Vin with Versatility

You know, from reading my posts, that I truly enjoy when a pairing is so perfect that it brings tears to my eyes. Sometimes, though, I find that there are wines that have no one perfect pairing, but have a versatility to go with many foods.

Today’s wine is such a wine. It reminds me of Audrey Hepburn...
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Provençal Pairings: Wine with Food

Smooth Operator

When I started writing this column - can you believe it has been four years? - I had never had a French Viognier. I was used to the sweet, strongly spiced American vintages which, I believe, have their place at the table. They are well-liked and, as soon as anyone here says, “Lobster with drawn butter,” someone else in the rooms puts a Viognier...
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Provençal Pairings: Wine with Food

Intentional

No, Dorothy, we aren’t in Kansas... or Provence, for that matter. But I did this intentionally. I planned to share a cassoulet on New Year’s Eve with Susan and Towny, and wanted the wine to pair perfectly.

Since I got the basic recipe for the cassoulet from John and Nicole...
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