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Wines of Les Baux-de-Provence to Enjoy with Steak Frites

This month we celebrate Wine Pairing Weekend (#wineWP) with a declaration of our indulgence on Open That Bottle Night (#OTBN), an evening set aside to encourage wine lovers to pop open a bottle that’s been considered “too special” to drink on a regular night. The event was first celebrated in the year 2000. Continue reading here to read further about the tradition, and to get some ideas for wines from Les Baux de Provence and what to pair with Steak Frites.

Steak au Poivre with Caramelized Shallots 
Filet de Bœuf Poêlé au Poivre Concassé sur Échalotes Confites  recipe by Chef Giselle Philippi, from Made in Marseille by Daniel Young
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Steak au Poivre et echalotes
Steak au Chocolat with Sunchoke Purée
This chocolate-based sauce for the steak adds a slightly decadent finish to the grilled meat. The sauce worked well in a pairing with the Hermitage La Petite Chapelle (2012) from Paul Jaboulet-Aîné, a red wine from the Northern Rhône Valley.
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Steak Chocolat Sauce Recipe Steak au Chocolate

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Jill Barth

Jill Barth

Jill is a writer whose characters make wine, love wine, and live wine. Research for her forthcoming novel–the story of a Provençal winemaking family during the Second World War–has afforded her glorious pleasures: meetings with ambitious French vignerons, travel up and down France in bouncy Renaults, overnights in shuttered châteaux, and many hours as a student of wine with a glass to her lips. In this role, she not only enjoys her own relationship with wine but she also indulges in the life of the French winemaking family that inhabits the pages of her novel.

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    Mick Merrick
    June 16, 2016 at 4:15 am — Reply

    Next time that your near Apt, see if you can find Eydins. It’s a small vin yard not far from Pont Julian. We found it as a recommendation from our land lord whilst staying in St Saturnin le Apt. We haven’t managed find it anywhere else. As we are staying in Cassis early September we will take a day trip to purchase a couple of cases.

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      June 17, 2016 at 8:55 am — Reply

      Hi thanks for the Luberon wine tip! We will try to hunt that one down to add to our #WinesofProvence cellar.

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    June 17, 2016 at 12:39 pm — Reply

    Sounds wonderful. I’m definitely going to look into it!

    Thank you!

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