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Provençal Pairings: Wine with Food

A Gift to Remember

We were gifted this bottle of wine; après tout, wines of this caliber are not in my normal wine budget. It is such a special bottle that it actually made me nervous when it came to pairing it with food.

I fretted for weeks about the menu. When doing some research, I found this sentence in a review by James Suckling: “I think that the 2013 Château d’Esclans Garrus may be the best rosé ever made.” Oh, the pressure!
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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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Provençal Pairings: Wine with Food

Mix and Match

Generally, when serving a meal, I like to pair the wines with the region from which the food comes. It’s not always possible - Asian food, for example - but, when making Italian dishes (even as specific as Sicilian fare) there are so many good local wines available for pairing.

However, if you look slightly northwest out your window in Palermo, Sicily, you might be able to see the coast of France, and - more specifically today - the Costières de Nîmes region, from which today’s wine comes. (Yes, Sardinia is in the way of your view... but work with me.)...
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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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Provence in a Can – Pure Inspiration

As craft beer brewers have demonstrated, cans are cool. Gone is their "dad's beer" reputation. Cans are environmentally friendly, cheap, provide superb protection, and can go where bottles dare not tread. And, because they offer more surface area than a bottle label, cans provide an artist's pallet for creative...
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