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Château Margüi Rosé Wine Pairing

Today’s wine and food pairing for Provence WineZine is one I approached with some trepidation. I was confident that the Château Margüi rosé wine would be good (okay, excellent), and I knew the recipe well enough to be happy with it. But together? I just wasn’t sure. I certainly didn’t expect a full-on tug-of-war, but I had no idea it would be one of my favourite pairings in recent years. Go figure.

The recipe for cauliflower gratin includes many Provençal flavours — and is a delicious vegetarian entrée or side dish. Pairing wines with cabbage-y things was probably the starting point for my reluctance, but the match was excellent.

The Wine

Winery: Château Margüi
Cuvée: Château
Appellation: Côteaux Varois en Provence
Type: Rosé
Vintage: 2020
Grape Varieties: 45% Grenache, 35% Cinsault, 15% Cabernet-Sauvignon, 5% Syrah
Alcohol content: 13%

Domaine de Château Margüi is located in the Haut-Var, also known as Provence Verte. The soil is a mix of clay and limestone, and the estate benefits from the drying effects of the mistral wind when it blows from the north.

Boutique du Château Margüi
83670 Châteauvert
Telephone: + 33 (0) 9 77 90 23 18

Recipes for Gratins

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Endives au Gratin
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White Asparagus Gratin
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Fresh Market White Asparagus Gratin @Cocoa&Lavender

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Susan Newman Manfull

It was love at first sight when my family and I arrived in the charming village of Lourmarin for a short vacation, nearly 20 years ago. We returned home to Portsmouth, New Hampshire and the next thing I knew we were planning a much longer sojourn in that village and making arrangements to enrol our daughter in the local school there. That led to buying a maison de village— actually two, then a courtyard, a parking spot, and a bergerie— in our favourite Provençal village where we (readily) adopted that certain joie de vivre, established dear friendships, and, to this day, endeavour to blend in with the crowd at Café Gaby.

We no longer own property in Lourmarin, but we continue to hang our hats there frequently and gather fodder for our souls and for The Modern Trobaors and Provence WineZine. There is never a shortage.

The Modern Trobaors , conceived in 2008, is about all things Provence: its markets, hilltop villages, lavender, art, literature, culture, history, food, wine, and news. Provence WineZine, launched in August 2014, focuses on wines from the regions of Provence and the Southern Rhône Valley—with a special emphasis on Provence's world-renowned rosés—and the men and women who make them.

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