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Making Cassoulet What Wine to Serve?

By David Scott Allen

No, Dorothy, we aren’t in Kansas… or Provence, for that matter. But I did this intentionally. I planned to make a cassoulet on New Year’s Eve for Susan and Towny of Provence WineZine and wanted the wine to pair perfectly.

Since I got the basic recipe for the cassoulet from John and Nicole Bojanowski, owners of Le Clos du Gravillas, it made perfect sense that we should use one of their wines and, in fact, the one they recommended. It’s always good to listen to those who know, n’est-ce pas? The recipe was easy to follow, classic cassoulet a great Sunday culinary project.

Winery: Le Clos du Gravillas
Cuvée: Lo Vièlh Carignan
Appellation: Côtes du Brian IGP
Region: Languedoc-Roussillon
Type: Red
Vintage: 2014
Grape Varieties: 100% Old Vine Carignan
Alcohol: 13.5%
Average Retail Price: $28

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Susan Newman Manfull

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 enroll 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 favorite Provençal village where we (readily) adopted that certain joie de vivre, established dear friendships, and, to this day, endeavor 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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