Provencal Pairings: Wine with Food

Provençal Pairings: Wine with Food

At Home with the Provence WineZine

It all started with our trip to visit Susan and Towny in Portsmouth, NH, over the 4th of July. As you might imagine, food and wine are plentiful in their home, and this holiday week was no exception. Most meals were planned well in advance, the results of several fun and excited pre-trip phone conversations. But we left the meal for the 4th open to inspiration—there are so many wonderful food resources within minutes of their home, and I knew I wanted to make something special.

On the first day of our visit, we were treated to a very special introduction. Their friend Michael took us to meet a Enna Grazier, owner of Enna Chocolate (EnnaChocolate.com) in nearby Epping, NH. Enna was very generous with her...
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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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