Easy Grilled Halibut Provencal
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Easy Grilled Halibut and a Provencal Wine Pairing

The thing is, we weren’t planning on grilled halibut for dinner. But sometimes, that is how things go when you get to the grocery store, and they don’t have what you had planned. In most cases, that isn’t too complicated a switch, but for this meal, we had planned a …

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Château Margüi Rosé Wine Pairing
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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 …

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summer crab roll
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Provencal Rosé and Crab Rolls a Match Made in Heaven

Ahh… memories of our New England summers, when we lived in Maine and could amble to the end of the street to buy lobster from shops on the piers over the tidal creeks of coastal Maine… or bicycle to nearby seafood shacks for lobster rolls. Now, our ocean is the …

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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
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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
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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
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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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