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Rhône Valley Syrah Wine and Steak Au Chocolat

There is no need to explain that the 4th of July is a big holiday in the United States. Even for non-US residents, social media is awash in red-white-and-blue recipes well in advance of the celebration. This holiday is often a day when friends and family gather for lovely meals and a few drinks.

Last year, we celebrated the event with Towny and Susan of Provence WineZine in their New Hampshire home. The occasion called for a suitable recipe. However, I needed some inspiration, which came in the form of a visit to a local chocolate shop. Enna Chocolate is not just a run-of-the-mill candy store. Rather we enjoyed a full education on how to taste chocolate with the same reverence with which we sample wine by owner Enna Grazier.

The result? A delicious food and wine pairing where a Rhône Valley Syrah Hermitage La Petite Chapelle (201) by Paul Jaboulet-Aîné met my steak au chocolat.

Here is another food and wine pairing for BBQ season (or anytime).

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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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