Paris Grocery News
February 7th, 2011

Valentine’s day is just around the corner, are you ready? We just love the celebration of romance, grand gestures and intimate confessions. And whether you’re spending time with a sweetheart or with friends, it’s a lovely time to indulge in a good bottle of wine and some little treats.

We recommend starting off with breakfast in bed. Galletes de Sarrasin (Buckwheat Crepes) are nutty, light, and can easily be made gluten free. Top them off with a sunny-side up egg, Gruyere, and a few slices of jambon, or go sweet with some pâté au chocolat and fruit preserves.

 

from left to right: Chocolate and Pistachio spread ($11.99) Fig and pear with orange compote ($9.99) Hazelnut and Chocolate Spread ($11.99). Organic Buckwheat Flour ($3.99/lb) Sweet orange jam with orange blossom, Cherry Preserves ($5.49), and Burgundy Blackcurrant Jam.

 

Of course, we always recommend a good-morning mango mimosa. Seen here our perennial champagne cocktail fav, Veuve Devienne ($9.99) with Mango juice ($2.99).

 

And really, what better time for one, very good bottle of wine? Some of our favorites this week:

 

 

Chateau Haut Selve Graves Bordeaux Blanc 2010 $20.99

With a mouthwateringly fruity nose, this white Bordeaux is 50% sauvignon blanc, 40% semillon, and 10% sauvignon gris. It’s at once round, bright, and extremely clear, the sauvignon blac adding ripe stone fruit notes and the sauvignon gris adding a fresh acidity. The grapes are entirely handpicked and matured in oak for 9 months, making a gorgeous white that will continue to drink well through 2013.

 

E. Guigal Condrieu 2006 $55.00

“Perhaps the finest basic cuvee Guigal has yet made, the 2006 Condrieu exhibits superb acacia flower, white peach, honeysuckle, and mineral characteristics in a medium to full-bodied, gorgeous style with zesty acidity in the background” 92 points Wine Advocate

 

Bouchard 2008 Pommard Pezerolles $80.00

The Bouchard 2008 Pommard Pezerolles mingles red raspberry and fraise des bois with blond tobacco on an alluring nose and a silken-textured, tenderly fruited palate. There is underlying extract here but also levity and almost delicate elegance. With a generosity that seems to typify the reaction of this site to 2008 vintage characteristics, this adds savory salinity for a truly enticing, lip-licking finish. Even thought it will probably “live” significantly longer, I would plan to enjoy this over the next 6-8 years, making sure some is consumed sooner. 91 points wine advocate

 

2008 M. Chapoutier Banyuls red dessert wine $25.99

Rich, with sweet raspberry, boysenberry and blackberry flavors that are plush and ripe. The finish lingers with dark chocolate and spice. Drink now through 2022. 90 points Wine Spectator.

 

Chateau Fortia Chateauneuf du Pape2009 375 ml $19.99

A blend of 55% Grenache, 30% Syrah and 15% Mourvedre, the 2009 Chateauneuf du Pape (4,000 cases) is a light, fruity, elegant wine exhibiting silky tannin, a moderate color, plenty of black currant and red cherry fruit and an easygoing, endearing finish. Although not the most concentrated, it will offer appealing drinking over the next 4-5 years.

 

 

 

Thanks for reading, and we’ll see you in the shop!

Ellen
 

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Steve Winston and Sharon Baden
Owners, Paris Grocery

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