Vacqueyras Wine Pairing Dinner
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Vacqueyras Wine Pairing a Virtual Dinner with Friends

Le Clos de Caveau is one of the first wineries I visited after starting Provence WineZine. The story of this Vacqueyras vineyard — a stone’s throw from Gigondas — is best told over a glass of this excellent red blend of Grenache and Syrah called Fruit Sauvage. Henri Bungener, psychologist-turned-winemaker, …

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Vacqueyras Rhône Valley Wine
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Vacqueyras Rhône Valley Wine Pairing

After a long year and a half, our good friends and neighbours Ursula and Bob returned to the neighbourhood from their other home is in upstate New York, in the Catskill Mountains. It’s nice to have them back. We had them over to dinner to celebrate their return and wanted …

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Provencal Feta and Sardines
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Provencal Feta and Sardines a Recipe for Wine Pairing

Salty food and oily fish is a wine pairing challenge. However, nothing that Cocoa & Lavender wasn’t willing to try. Taking inspiration from southern France, this delicious warm platter of feta and sardines paired beautifully with two Acquiesce wines. Producing only Rhône-style white and rosé wines, Acquiesce Winery is a …

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Rhône Valley Wine Caladoc Le Clos Saint Michel Vignobles Guy Mousset et fils
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Pairing Rhône Valley Caladoc Wine with Food

It’s not often that I consider bottles from a “big box” wine store for this column. With the exception of a few quality rosés I have gotten (and written about) from such stores, their selection of rosé wines is generally geared towards the Carries and Mirandas. Pretty bottles/labels, intense pink …

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Crispy Salmon and Lemony Risotto
Fish & SeafoodMain CourseMaison Mirabeau WinesProvencal RecipesTaste

Crispy Salmon with a Lemony Risotto Recipe

Salmon is a rich-flavoured fish that pairs well with most rosés but immediately came to mind as a fantastic pairing for our La Réserve Rosé as it mirrors some of the essential aromas and flavours of this limited edition wine. Please ensure you source your salmon as sustainably as possible …

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Roast Chicken Mediterranean Twist with colatura di alici
David Scott AllenMain CoursePoultryProvencal RecipesTaste

Roast Chicken with a Mediterranean Twist

Once again, I am playing with a recipe from The NY Times. They had a roast chicken recipe that I liked… well, sort of. Honestly, it sounded like a mess on a plate, and I really like to present things with great eye appeal and great flavour. Well, that and …

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cumin roasted pork chops
David Scott AllenMain CoursePorkProvencal RecipesTaste

Wine Pairing with Cumin-Roasted Pork Chops

What’s for dinner? It is a question I have asked myself daily for the past 400 days. Yes, I have cooked every meal since mid-March 2020 at home. No restaurants, no take-out, nothing. But, if you know me, you know I rather enjoyed it, especially these cumin-roasted pork chops. In …

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1 Domaine 1 Chef
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottTasteWines and Spirits of Provence

1 Domaine 1 Chef Gatherings for Wine and Food Lovers

Since On Thursday evenings, between July 8th and August 19th, food and wine lovers have a chance to explore several vineyards near Aix-en-Provence on Thursday nights. 1 Domaine 1 Chef is a program that combines education, wine tasting, and delicious picnics or gourmet meals prepared by renowned local chefs. 1 …

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Blood Orange Lobster Salad
Chef Liz ThompsonProvencal RecipesSaladTaste

Roussanne with Lobster Salad and Blood Orange Dressing

Due it the acidity, a citrus dressing is tricky for food and wine pairing. The Acquiesce Winery Roussanne (2019) was a match for this seafood salad. Baked lobster tails dressed in a tart citrus vinaigrette are quick to prepare for a summer lunch. Or as a starter course. My recipe …

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Extreme Wine Expertise Provence
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Cheers to Extreme Wine Improving your Expertise in Provence

Does navigating a wine list or timing when to open the bottles in your cellar feel like rolling dice? If so, then it’s time to close that “wine gap” in Provence. Chêne Bleu, a stunning boutique winery in the Rhône Valley, is the backdrop for Extreme Wine, rated by Food …

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