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White Côtes du Rhône Wine Pairing with Calamari

Contributor blog post by David Scott Allen for Provence WineZine

When Susan and Alex were here in December, we went on a bit of a (wine) shopping spree. Shocking, right? One of the wines we bought was a 2015 Le Caillou from Le Clos du Caillou in the Côtes du Rhône appellation.The proprietor of the wine store raved about it so we bought it. We even had plans for it that night for dinner. We opened it with great anticipation and….. it was corked. So sad.

…Continue reading here for David’s monthly Provencal wine pairing with a new recipe. This past New Year’s Eve he served a cold bottle of le Clos de Caillou (2016 vintage) with a gourmet spread of seven appetizers, but it was the salt and pepper calamari that he saved for the final course.

Wine and Appetizers

Truffled Devilled Eggs a recipe by Paula at A Table en Provence. She prepares this retro appetizer that your mother probably made, but takes big flavour leap with the addition of truffles.

David’s hummus variation Roasted Chickpea and Shallot Spread – ready in minutes all you need is a food processor.

Herbed Goat Cheese or with Peppercorns – easy to make all you need is a goat cheese log and whatever spice mixture suits your tastes.

Hot Artichoke Dip from Jane’s kitchen at Mas d’Augustine (B&B). This recipe is served out of the oven with crusty bread or crostini. Delicious, warming and ready in 20-minutes.

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.

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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