Wine

Provençal Pairings: Wine with Food

Rough and Ready

Sometimes you want it rough. You’re not in the mood for refined and elegant, or complex and silky. You might be serving a mixed grill, or even just a simple steak. You want a good, solid, edgy wine.

That was the case for this month’s wine, Instinct, from Domaine Pey Blanc. I was having a mixed grill - which included a porcini-rubbed steak - and wanted a dark, brooding wine to go with it. For the steak recipe and how I put together a mixed grill, head over to Cocoa & Lavender.

The color of Instinct is a deep, ruby red, and dense enough that it seemed impenetrable to light. This bode well for our meal. Before even serving the steak at the table - meaning that my sniffer wasn’t being...
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Two New Rhône-Varietal Wines Added to the Line-up at Acquiesce Winery

Psst. Acquiesce Winery has added two new white wines to their already exceptional portfolio of Rhône-style wines. Keep this news under your ice bucket because production is small and these 2017 single-varietals of Bourboulenc and Clairette Blanche will be coveted by those in the know. These wines join five other whites in the Acquiesce library of wines –Grenache Blanc, Picpoul Blanc, Viognier, Roussane, and a blend called Belle Blanc—as well as a Provence-style...
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Provençal Pairings: Wine with Food

The Luck of the Draw

I’m a typical Virgo. I am very particular about things - from the color of my socks, to the route I drive to and from work. I would say that I am deliberate, especially when it comes to food and wine. I don’t do potlucks; I don’t believe there should be any “luck” in a meal, or with its accompanying...
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