Pairing Spicy Food Wine Vieux-Clocher-Vacqueyras
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Pairing Spicy Food with Wine It’s Tricky

David Scott Allen for Provence WineZine: Spice and wine are not always fast friends. Admittedly I like both, so my culinary goal is to find the right combination that will showcase both the food and the wine. Hence, the recipe for Spiced Duck with Blackberry-Balsamic Reduction was a challenge to …

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Red Wine Blend Gigondas Provence
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Red Wine Blend from Gigondas and Grilled Kebabs

Wine and food pairing is always an art and rarely a science. Hot spice, acid (citrus, vinegar) and alcohol content are strange tablemates. I decided to pair grilled lamb kebabs with a Domaine de la Jaufrette red wine blend from Gigondas. The meal was a success, the recipe is easy, …

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Learn Virtual Wine School Instagram
Taste: Food & DrinkViktorija TodorovskaWines and Spirits of Provence

Sip and Learn in Virtual Wine School on Instagram

Wine seems to have become a topic that easily provokes insecurity, doubt and confusion. Sommeliers of all persuasions wax poetical, wine critics keep inventing more and more convoluted wine rating schemes. And the more these well-meaning professionals offer advice, the more wine lovers (not wine collectors with sophisticated cellars and …

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Easy Wine Cheese Entertaining Chateau la Calisse Wine Food Pairing
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Easy Wine and Cheese for Relaxed Entertaining

Sometimes in life, you just need to hit the “easy” button and lean towards relaxed entertaining. There is nothing complicated about an evening of wine, cheese and charcuterie. And, this seemed like the perfect moment. It was the eve of a minor surgical procedure that was to keep me off …

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Wine Cellier des Princes Le-Prince-de-Courthezon
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Wine Pairing with Cellier des Princes Côtes du Rhône

By David Scott Allen for Provence WineZine Wine Club Surprises I joined The Wall Street Journal Wine Club to access some off-the-beaten-track wines. No, I am not advocating that you join, nor is this post about the club. It’s about the fact that every quarter I get a really nice …

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Château La Nerthe White Wine Chateauneuf-du-Pape
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A Château La Nerthe White Wine Pairing

By David Scott Allen: White Wine Pairing As you may recall from my reviews over time, I have become a big fan of Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc. It is one of those wines that says “special occasion” to me. Thus, I decided to treat myself for my birthday and get a bottle. …

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Rhône Valley Syrah Wine Steak Food Wine Pairing
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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 …

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Book Provencal Holiday Discovery Wine Tasting
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottTaste: Food & DrinkWines and Spirits of Provence

Book a Provencal Holiday Discovery Wine Cheese and Chocolate

Wine Cheese and Chocolate Even Santa and his elves would have a tough time creating this magical wine pairing experience at Domaine de Palerme. Book your Christmas holiday stay at this private home near Isle sur la Sorgue and enjoy a complimentary evening of Châteauneuf-du-Pape wine tasting. The evening includes …

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Sea Bass Rosé Wine Commanderie de Peyrassol
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Sea Bass and Rosé a Wine Pairing fit for an Anniversary

Anniversaries are always worth celebrating, and in our house, that means a meal to suit the special day. However, the dilemma was what to serve with a Commanderie de Peyrassol rosé (2016)? Wine pairings are always a bit of a gamble. Will the wine stand-up to the food or overpower …

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Côte-Rôtie Red Wine Pairing
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Tasty Côte-Rôtie Red Wine Pairing for BBQ Season

By David Scott Allen for Provence WineZine Côte-Rôtie Red Wine It’s grilling season. And I have to say that Rhône Valley wines are pretty perfect for pairing with grilled meats, poultry, seafood, vegetables, and fruits. Why is that, I wonder? I don’t want to get into the science side of …

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