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Provencal Rolle Wine from Château d’Esclans with Crab Cakes

Contributor blog post by David Scott Allen @Provence WineZine:

Toward the end of my pairing notes last month, I suggested I might have remembered Rolle being someone softer, fuller, and rounder than its Italian counterpart, Vermentino.

It seems that I was right.

Disclaimer: I only tasted two of hundreds of wines out there that are made with 100% Rolle or Vermentino. Just two. However, they are both highly rated and come from well-respected vintners.

…Continue reading here for David’s Provencal wine and food pairing. Rolle is the Provence grape equivalent (although slightly more sophisticated wine) of an Italian Vermentino. In this food-wine combo David taste tests Déesse Astrée from  Château d’Esclans with classic crab cakes — galettes de crabe.

Via:: Provence WineZine


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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.

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  1. David
    February 10, 2018 at 8:06 am — Reply

    I highly recommend this dish to all. It isn’t hard but the flavors are exquisite!

    • CKAdmin
      February 10, 2018 at 8:13 am — Reply

      I have never been known to turn down a crab cake, or a glass of Provencal rosé! Thanks for sharing that delicious food and wine pairing, and your recipe.

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