Paris Grocery Seattle

July 31, 2014

Bonjour Les Amis!

I hope you are out enjoying one of the best NW summers I can remember.  This week I’m focusing on two favorite French things, Escargot & Rose.



Wild Burgundy Snail Tian

I found this recipe on Potironne’s website, & I’m  thrilled to say that Henri Maire Escargot, known as the best of the best, is on its way… They suggest you serve this as a summer side dish. I suggest you enjoy this with a Provencal rose.
Serve room-temperature-warm or very gently warmed: over fish, beside steaks, under lamb, or as a salad all it’s own (perhaps over baby spinach).”


  • 12 extra large Wild Burgundy Snails, (four left whole) roughly diced
  • 2 medium red tomatoes, flesh only, medium diced
  • 4 ounces crimini mushrooms, medium diced and sautéed
  • 1 medium shallot, finely chopped
    2 small cloves garlic, finely sliced
  • 1 teaspoon Sherry vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon fine olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon whole grain mustard (or 2 tablespoons mashed ripe avocado, plus a squeeze of fresh lemon juice)
  • salt, white pepper, Thai basil


Stir ingredients together. Cover, and chill for up to four hours. Allow to come back up to room temperature. Add 1 tablespoon Thai basil, snipped or torn roughly. Serve room-temperature-warm or very gently warmed: over fish, beside steaks, under lamb, or as a salad all it’s own (perhaps over baby spinach). Garnish with whole snail and Thai basil sprig.



The weather could not be more spectacular this summer. Stock up on your rose!

Chateau de Campuget  Tradition Rose 2013, Costieres de Nimes $9.99

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This “peony pink” rose is lovely all around. The property dates back to 1640, & round river stones from the Rhone force the roots deep into layers of clay. Campuget is located between Nimes & Arles, & the winery respects tradition, yet uses modern techniques–this is bargain Provencal rose.  Very aromatic with raspberry & black currant perfume, full-bodied with pleasant spice.


Miradou Rose 2013, Cotes de Provence $9.99


You can taste the Mediterranean in this wine. These special vineyards cling to the slopes inrestanques or Provencal stone terraces. This is Grenache, Syrah & Cinsault resulting in
rose petal aromas, berry, cherry, and Fuji apple fruit.

Maitres Vignerons de la Vidaubanaise Le Provencal Rose 2013, Cotes de Povence $10.99
Grapes are selected from the limestone foothills, in the sunny Mediterranean. Bottled in the traditional ‘flute de corset’, this is like turning your table into a Provencal cafe. 50% Grenache, 20% Consault, 20% Carignan and 10% Syrah–deliciously lean & ready to delight you. I want to pair this with a seafood paella, ala Nice.


Domaine Sorin Rose Terra Amata 2013, Cotes de Provence  $12.99
Sorin is the rose with the distinctive blue wax capsule. For me summer would be incomplete without buying a bottle of this. The winery is 2 miles from the ocean & in the heart of Bandol, which belies the price. Old vine Grenache, Cinsault, Syrah, Mourvèdre, Carignan and Rolle.


Triennes Rose 2013, Mediterrainee $14.99
The Rose with the wild boar on it… Cinsault is the star of this near-perfect rose. Flavorful without being over-ripe, showing minerality from the limestone soil.


AIX Rose 2013, Coteaux d’Aix en Provence $14.99

aixAix & Avignon are two of my favorite towns in France, & AIX is definitely one of my favorite rose’s of the season. This is the PALEST of the pale rose’s. A blend of Grenache, Cinsault, Syrah, & Counoise from vineyards made of clay, limestone & gravel. Minerally, light & breezy with grapefruit acidity. Ahhhhhhh



Commanderie de  la Bargemone Rose 2013, Cotes de Provence $14.99
 This estate dedicates 2/3rd’s of their production to rose, which of course Provence is famous for… Bargemone comes from Coteaux d’Aix which is a fine-wine district within the whole of Provence. Bargemone
has a tradition of making wine for 800 years, & this estate was passed on to a local Provencal family in 2006. A blend of Grenache, Cinsault, Syrah, and Cabernet Sauvignon, this has a citrusy nose & a sprightly repose. Very dry, with lots of acid & lick of salt, this disappears quickly on our table, but always brings back fond memories of drinking on a summer porch in the moonlight.

Cuvee du Golfe de Saint-Tropez 2013, Cotes de Provence $16.99
Just having a bottle of this on the table makes me feel like i’m on vacation.  Ultra-pale pink blend of Grenache, Cinsault & Carignan.  Can you hear the ocean?  Can you taste the Salade Nicoise?


Tempier Rose 2013, Bandol $44 1 bottle left! 
Arguably the most famous rose in the world, & totally age-worthy–the cornerstone of Kermit Lynch’s properties. This is rose with a soul.
50% Mourvedre, 28% Grenache, 20% Cinsault and 2% Carignan from vines averaging 20 years-old, farmed organically. A unique rose because its production combines three techniques: direct press, short maceration, and saigneee (5%). Pair with bouillabaisse.