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Thank you for reading my newsletter last week. I debated about sending one out, what with much sadness in our hearts. But as Charlie Hebdo resumed publishing (selling a record five million copies!), we too refuse to to let this violent act stop us from living & celebrating life to its fullest.
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French Onion Soup With Comté by Mimi Thorrison
This is ultimate comfort food, & who couldn’t use a little comfort in the world right now. Thanks Mimi!
4 tablespoons (½ stick) unsalted butter or duck fat
Heat butter in a large heavy pot over medium-high heat. Add onions, shallots, and garlic; season with salt and pepper and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened and dark brown, 60–70 minutes. Add vermouth and vinegar. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer until slightly reduced, about 3 minutes.
TWO NOTEWORTHY NEW WHITES
Berthier Sauvignon Blanc 2013, Coteaux du Giennois $16.99
Domaine de la Crouze Tradition Chardonnay 2012, Pouilly-Fuisse $22.99
THE REDS OF SOUTHERN FRANCE
Famille Gonnet La Jeanette 2013, Ventoux $8.99
Les Capucins 2012, Coteaux du Languedoc $11.99
Jerome Calmes decided to move UP in the world, literally… The coast was too hot to make his wines, so he planted his vineyards on the highest plateau above the Minervois. The microclimate has a long growing season, but also the benefit of cool breezes in the evening, AND rabbits love it here. Syrah & Grenache that ain’t shy, this has smoky tar in spades along with plump and spicy cherry/berry fruit. Take a trip to France & serve with gardiane de taureau, or Rancher’s Beef, made with bay leaves, thyme and rosemary.
Les Carderes 2012, Corbieres $11.99
The ‘cardoon’, is another killer table wine & a charming Corbieres. Syrah, Grenache & Carignan blended in a Mediterranean style that begs for grilled lamb chops & cured black olives. Mineral nose, with raspberry & rosemary.
Kermit Lynch Vin de Pays de Vaucluse 2013, $12.99
After so many years in the biz, Kermit was able to convince the Leydier family into creating this value label for export. From vineyards next to the village of Beaume de Venise, grapes & wine were either used for the family’s personal consumption or sold to the local co-op in Vaucluse. “Explosive red fruit is gracefully harnessed
Bastide Miraflors Rouge 2012, Cotes Catalanes $13.99
This is made by one of my favorite wine-makers, Jean Marc Lafage (the same guy who makes Evodia), who crosses the border working in both Spain & France. Lafage crafts this as a custom cuvee for importer Eric Solomon and is a genius with old-vine Grenache. Delicious, ripe, smoky & a downright bargain. Seriously, buy it by the case for your vin de la maison.
Domaine du Cros Philippe Teulier
Lo Sang Del Pais 2013, Marcillac $14.99
Ever heard of Marcillac? Put this rarity on your wine map.
In the western part of Auvergne & a mountain range called the Massif Central, lies a remote valley where Philippe Teulier makes his wines—with Fer Servadou, one of those European varietals that monks tended in the 10th century. Gotta love those monks!
One of the reasons why I sought out “The Blood of the Countryside” is because it’s a recommended pairing with washed rind cheese–a notoriously difficult pairing. Try with one of these from our luscious cheese case:
Delice du Jura
Likable & offbeat. Rustic, extremely earthy, peppered with spice, this is something for rare wine lovers.
Chateau Sainte Eulalie Plaisir d’Eulalie 2013, Minervois $14.99
A bargain grown in chalky soil on the south side of Montagne Noire in western Languedoc. A sultry Carignan/ Grenache/Syrah blend brimming with black fruit & licorice. Pair with Mediterranean dishes like slow-cooked pork belly & fennel.
La Baronne Coste Liste 2011, Corbieres $14.99
L’Oustal Blanc Cuvee K11, Vin Francais $16.99
Le Pigeoulet en Provence 2011, Vin de Pays de Vaucluse $16.99 (reg. $18.99)
The Brunier family’s holdings include Vieux Telegraphe (perhaps the most celebrated cru of the Southern Rhone.) This affordable, everyday Vin de Pays is fresh, rich & fruity and terroir-driven. 35-year-old vines grown in rich clay soil, Le Pigeoulet comes from the foothills of the noble La Crau plateau. Grapes are grown on the warm flats around Chateauneuf de Pape and the cooler foothills of Mt Ventoux. Hand-harvested Grenache with a small balance of Syrah, Carignan & Cinsault–silky & clean with the essence of fresh strawberries. A new staff favorite!
Friday, Jan 16 2015
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