| There’s nothing more classically French than escargots, hot out of the oven and steeped in a garlic-butter-parsley sauce. We’ve got all your snails and snail-accessories covered with these individually sized dishes ($6.99), sets of escargots with shells ($13.99-$17.99), escargots forks ($3.99) and tongs($14.99). Yum! There’s some debate as to whether to serve your escargots with a white burgundy (the bright citrus can cut the butter and balance the dish) or a spicy red (something that can hold up to all that garlic!). We think the 2009 LeFlaive Les Setilles Bourgogne Blanc (below) would be a great choice.
Mini Chevrot are back!
Try this full-flavored goat cheese with a Loire Valley white. Le Chevrot is produced in the Poitou region. Its wonderfully “wrinkly” rind is fully edible and the interior is creamy. Le Chevrot displays sweet, nutty flavors with a zesty, almost lime-like finish. $5.99 each
From their website, “Q Tonic is dedicated to making the world’s best tonic water – a clean, crisp, completely ungeneric beverage that enhances the finest spirits or stands proudly on its own. We’ve used the best ingredients we could find. We went to the slopes of the Peruvian Andes for hand-picked quinine and to the Mexican countryside for organic agave, a sweetener better than honey with a gently rounded sweetness. We meticulously refined our recipe with both food scientists and mixologists. Then we worked with one of New York City’s best design shops to develop a bottle as beautiful as the liquid it holds. We think we’ve come up with a superior tonic water. One that’s good enough for the gin, vodka, or rum you’d choose to mix it with. And good enough to change the way you think about tonic water.” $7.99/750 ml.
Vosges Smoke and Stout Caramel Bar
“Your senses of sight, smell, and taste will collectively surrender to the inebriating potion that spills out of this chocolate bar. Rich, dark chocolate stout and Alder wood smoked salt are combined with soft, oozing caramel and encased in deep, dark chocolate.” So maybe they’re gushing just a little bit, but it sounds pretty good to us! $6.99 each.
And of course, the wines!
2009 Bordeaux Caractères Selection Francis Boutemy
Deep ruby in color, equal parts of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot give this thoroughly enjoyable wine the aromas of red fruits and spice… raspberries, cherries, sweet plum, and anise. The taste mirrors the nose, with ripe, fresh, lively flavors of cherries and plum and has, for a wine of this price, a surprisingly lush and long finish of fruit, spice, soft tannins and just a touch of oak. This is truly a “New World” style Bordeaux and delivers excellent quality and drinkability at a great price. A tremendous value, we think it’s the perfect bottle to split for a picnic! $4.99
2009 Château Brane-Cantenac Margaux
“Ripe and fleshy, with an enticing mix of linzer torte, currant confiture and crushed plum fruit offset by hints of briar and bay leaf. The long finish lets roasted apple wood, singed iron and tobacco leaf notes fill in, while staying plush in feel. Combines the ripeness of the vintage with a nice old-school feel. Best from 2013 through 2025” 92 points Wine Spectator, 93-95 Points Wine Advocate. $115.00
2009 LeFlaive Les Setilles Bourgogne Blanc
Grapes for the 2009 Les Setilles are half sourced from Puligny Montrachet and half Mersault. 60% is aged in oak barrels; only 10% is new oak. The balance is aged in stainless steel to preserve the fruit character, resulting in a wine that is simultaneously rich and clean. Citrus aromas are enhanced by creamy lemon notes on the palate. With excellent clarity and freshness, the finish is lengthy and pure. $17.99