Wine

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, think again. Sometimes, the wildest thing we do is add chipotle chile to our mashed potatoes! Tucson is a welcoming city with amazing cross-cultural celebrations.

Like today’s food and wine pairing... we have a beautiful, blushing bottle from Château Barbebelle - their Héritage Rosé, 2018. The Château recommends this wine for l’apéro, or to accompany your dinner - perhaps beef carpaccio, ceviche, or pork tenderloin. From that, you can see that the wine is versatile, but I wanted to push the limits a bit.

I opted to celebrate our flavors of the Southwest and México, and serve our guests a chile, chocolate, and cinnamon-rubbed pork tenderloin with chipotle-mashed sweet potatoes and grilled spring onions. For the recipes, head over to...
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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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MY DAY AT WINE PARIS 2019

Paris has long been known as the City of Light and the City of Love. Now, it might also lay claim to the title “City of Wine.” From the 11th through 13th of February, 26,700 wine professionals were drawn to the capital city for the inaugural Wine Paris event...
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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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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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