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Provençal Pairings: Wine with Food

Heeding the Signs

When I was trying to think what I should make to pair with today’s wine - an un-oaked Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc from Château des Fines Roches - I looked at a list of suggested foods and nothing felt right. Pork. Chicken. Seafood. Blah.

When I think of Châteauneuf-du-Pape, I - like many people - think red wine. It was definitely my parents’ favorite wine, and they served it for all our holiday meals. But I would venture to say that they never encountered a Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc in all their years. Still, this got me to thinking about my mother, wondering what she might have served with this wonderful white wine from the Southern Rhône region.

I got out the cookbook of her recipes I made and started thumbing...
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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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Madeleine Herbeau of Château Barbebelle Visits New England

Madeleine Herbeau of Château Barbebelle in Provence dropped by Portsmouth, and PWZ rendezvoused with her and Top Terroir importer, Jacques Navarre, over lunch at La Maison Navarre.

You can catch up with her today, Sunday April 7, at the MN Wine Bar (in La Maison Navarre in downtown Portsmouth, NH) from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., and taste her award-winning...
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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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THE DAY IN THE LIFE OF A BOTTLE

One of my therapist friends closed her message to me today by saying: “Happy New Year!” Catching herself, I suppose, she added, “That’s what I’m supposed to say, right?” She’s not my therapist but as she continued, I thought she really must be a darned good one as...
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Provençal Pairings: Wine with Food

The Salt of the Sea

Today’s tasting may be the most unusual I have done. It is a wine that, if blindfolded when tasted, would not have said “rosé” to me, although it wouldn’t have said red or white, either. It has none of the traditional red fruits associated with rosé, nor its distinct floral aromas. On the nose, it is briny...
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