Wine

IS ROSÉ A SERIOUS WINE? LVMH INVESTMENT IN CHÂTEAU D’ESCLANS SUGGESTS IT CAN BE

I posed that question in an article by the same name few years ago. Relying heavily on the high end of the continuum of rosés from the portfolio of Sacha Lichine’s Château d’Esclans in Côtes-de-Provence, I put forth eight main reasons why rosé is indeed a serious wine.

Last week, Moët Hennessy, the wine and spirits division of LVMH (Moët Hennessy – Louis Vuitton SE), the world’s leading luxury products group, provided...
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Provençal Pairings: Wine with Food

Spice is Nice

When faced with a recipe that is very spice-forward, I am sometimes at a loss for the wine selection. Spice, in this case, is all spice and no heat. The hottest spice within the recipe is the dried mustard powder. Ancho chile (sweet, not hot), cumin, coriander, and mustard are the other ingredients in the rub. Without the chile, one would take this for Moroccan or Middle Eastern. Does the addition of the chile make it a Mexican or South American? Or is it just a fusion of complementary flavors? Whatever the case, there is a lot of flavor going on here and the wine needed to be just right.

I called in the pros for a little advice. Susan said that she definitely thought a GSM (Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre) blend would be good, and I knew she was right. In addition to the spices, it is a good blend to accompany duck, which was the vehicle for all the above mentioned spice. And the sauce was dark and fruity. For the Spiced Duck with Blackberry-Balsamic Reduction, head over to...
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Provençal Pairings: Wine with Food

Clubbing

I’m not one to join country clubs. And I definitely don’t frequent night clubs. However, when wine is concerned, joining clubs has its benefits, especially when one (me, for example) lives in a bit of a wine desert.

Yes, Arizona has all the national...
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Provençal Pairings: Wine with Food

Birthday Wines Never Go Bad

As you may recall from my reviews over time, I have become a big fan of Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc. It is one of those wines that says “special occasion” to me. Thus, I decided to treat myself for my birthday and get a bottle.

The only problem is that my birthday—more than one month ago—got busy, and this specially-purchased bottle of Château La Nerthe Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc rested untouched in my wine rack. How on earth did I forgot that?...
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