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Saturday, July 13, 2013

Bastille Day Wine & Food Picks

Francophiles take note…France’s national holiday to celebrate the storming of the Bastille prison in 1789 (the start of the French Revolution and the end of the country’s monarchy) is tomorrow, July 14.  The group that is going to France with Wine-Knows this fall for the harvest tour, has flown in from all parts of the US to party.   Since anything French has to involve food and wine, here’s how we’re celebrating….

Ployez-Jacquemart Champagne Extra Brut NV (one of our favorite boutique producers) served with the following hors d’oeuvres:
  • Roasted almonds with herbs of Provence

  • Smoked salmon with crème fraiche, fresh herbs and a splash of cognac

  • Goose rillettes (similar to pâté  although more rustic).  The rillettes were purchased at the foie gras farm that the Wine-Knows group visited during the Bordeaux tour last fall & was brought home in my suitcase.
Picpoul de Pinet Domaine Felines Jourdan, 2011 (we have bought cases of this smashing white from the South of France…not only because the varietal is unknown in the US, but because we love the complexity of this wine).   It is being paired with:
  • Roquefort cheese tarte (j’adore this recipe…c’est magnifique)

Fredrick Magnien Premier Cru Chambolle-Musigny, Les Chatelets, 2001  & William Selyem Russian River Vineyard Pinot, 2001

  • Classic boeuf Bourguignon (beef cooked in Burgundy)

Chateau Suduiraut (Sauternes) 1990

  • Fruit tarrte with cardamom (our plum tree produces a beautiful fruit), raspberries and Chambord sauce

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