Côtes de Provence

Provençal Pairings: Wine with Food

Angels at My Table

When in the company of angels, you had better plan a decent meal. Right?

Whispering Angel and Rock Angel are the first two of four wines from Château d’Esclans. The next two up the ladder are Les Clans and Garrus. While I have yet to taste either of these latter two, I am excited to have a bottle of Garrus aging nicely and awaiting a special occasion... perhaps my 60th birthday later this year?

Taking advice from those who know (and you know who they are) I served the Caves d’Esclans Whispering Angel as the wine of choice for apéritifs. I offered my guests some almonds and goat cheese tartlets flavored with mushrooms, shallots, and brandy. Stay tuned for this recipe on Cocoa & Lavender.

For our main course, paired with the Château d’Esclans Rock Angel, I opted for the simple and elegant Boullettes de Poisson à la Marseillaise. The recipe for the Boullettes is on
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Provençal Pairings: Wine with Food

Together Again

It has been literally years since Susan and I shared a meal and a bottle of wine... or some number of bottles of wine, if we are going to be honest. But, in the beginning of December, she and her daughter Alex popped into Tucson for a long weekend of flavorful feasting, viniferous verification, and familiar
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MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL!

It’s Christmas Day -- Our house is dressed for this hallowed occasion, the tree is cut and trimmed, gifts are wrapped, and stockings are filled. Phew! It was a race to the finish line this year. I was afraid I would run into Santa when we finally headed up to our
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