Even if it keeps raining, just pretend like you're in a French movie.

Singing in the rain

I lack, desperately, any form of vocal talent. My dancing skills are questionable at best. So what’s a body to do in a gloomy June, when the first day of summer looks a lot like the longest winter day? If you can tap dance over couches like Donald O’Conner, you’re all set. But for those of us who might risk life and limb in attempting such feats, we suggest coming in for some French treats and inviting a few friends over for an indoors picnic. Grab some travel guides and start planning your next travel adventure, or pop in a movie like Les parapluies de Cherbourg, a film that is both frothy and wistful. All of these activities are made extra delectable with some good food and wine, so read on for our suggestions for the summer-but-not dilemma, neither too light nor overly rich.

Wine @ PG
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2009 Marc Plouzeau “Rive Gauche” Chinon
($15.99)
This young Cabernet France is tart, with juicy pomegranate and morello cherry notes. Spicy herbal notes lead to a taut, minerally end. From an organic estate in the Loire Valley. A delicious bistro-style wine that pairs nicely with a range of foods.

2005 Chateau Capion “2C” Coteaux du Languedoc ($12.99)
This is a clean, well balanced blend of Syrah (60%), Grenache (30%), and Mouvèdre (10%). A savory, ripe palate of cherry, black currant, and pepper lies beneath the smoke-tinged nose. Medium bodied with a lovely concentration, this wine was aged for 14 months in new and used barrels. It is always a hit, no matter the occasion!

2005 Domaine du Fontenay “L’Authentique Gamay” Côte Roannaise ($13.99)
Situated on a latitude south of Mâcon, Domaine du Fontenay has more in common with Beaujolais than with the more northerly Loire vignoble. The grapes for this wine are picked later than the rest of the domain’s crop, to optimize phenological maturity. The wine is built around a structure of ripe tannins, with particular attention paid to airing the wine at strategic moments to maximize fruit flavors. The result is a serious Gamay with balanced acidity and flavors of cherry and black licorice. Some earthy notes will emerge with bottle age. Pairs well with rich seafood dishes or charcuterie.

2007 Domaine Michel Juillot Mercurey ($23.99)
For four generations, the Michel Julliot Estate has been cultivating 30 hectares of vines in Mercurey, a village in Burgundy, and producing a large selection of the best “climats” the appellation has to offer. This superb chardonnay offers a savory and minerally nose with a round mouthfeel. Notes of lemon and well-integrated oak combine with a restrained hint of sweetness that is nevertheless refreshing. Serve with shellfish and grilled asparagus.

Cheese @ PG
Some real “cheese spouse” candidates

With all the exciting new cheeses there are to get to know and love, sometimes we can forget about the cheeses right under our noses. Here’s a cheese plate lineup of five of the hardest working cheeses in, well, cheese business: easy to like, always available, and constantly delicious. Let’s try not to take them for granted anymore.

St. Marcellin
A tender cow’s milk cheese from Dauphine in the Rhône-Alpes region. Savory, nutty, and slightly tangy, this cheese makes an excellent snack or starter for a cheese plate. Pairs well with Rhône reds. $8.99/wheel

Grès Champenois
Silky, oozy, nutty, rich, tart, and moist. We could go on and on! This deliciously creamy triple cream cow’s milk cheese comes from the Champagne region- meaning it’s fantastic when paired with fizzy. A treat for yourself, or for a gathering. $9.99/wheel

Fourme d’Ambert
A semi-soft cow’s milk cheese from Auvergne. Richly savory and nutty flavor, yet mild and creamy. A bit of pungent earthiness on the finish. Melts or crumbles well- an absolute classic! $3.99/quarter lb

Abbaye de Belloc

A semi-hard cheese from the Pyrenees made from raw Manech sheep’s milk and aged 4-10 months. Abbaye is mild and nutty with an unique “lanolin” and toasted brown sugar characteristic. Rich, smooth, and buttery! $7.49/quarter lb

Tomme de Savoie
A cow’s milk cheese from the mountainous Savoie with a distinctly raw milk flavor– beefy, hazelnutty, and pleasantly milky. With about 30 percent fat content, this is the most creamy “low fat” cheese out there. Enjoy with liver-stoked pâtés and light red wines such as Beaujolais. $5.25/quarter lb

Craves @ PG

Provençal Candies

Feed your Mind @ PG

In the Merde for Love

You don’t need the beach to indulge in this light cultural satire! It’s the familiar but quite funny tale of the misadventures of a British expat who must win over the French woman he loves.

Thanks for reading, see you soon!
Abi & Rachel

and
Steve Winston and Sharon Baden
Owners, Paris Grocery