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Favorite wine with lamb

Ribera del Duero for sure!
I have found so many good wines here in Roussillon now that I forget to go across the border for Ribero del Duero. That really is my favorite wine.

1 day ago
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Which is more reliable: Michelin vs. San Pellegrino's Best Restaurants List

Gault et Millau is still reliable. I've been using it for 36 years and invariably wind up in the right restaurant for me.

Aug 24, 2014
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Which is more reliable: Michelin vs. San Pellegrino's Best Restaurants List

The correct answer is Gault et Millau.

Next!

Aug 23, 2014
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Favorite wine with lamb

Kerbuccio is one of the best reds from Roussillon. Just laid down a few bottles. 23€ here since I don't know when. Ch Saint-Roch recently acquired by Ch Lafage.

But the new appellation Maury sec did not exist in 2011. So I think this is still a Cotes-du-Roussillon Villages. 95 from Parker.

Syrah-Genache-Mourvèdre. No Carignan. Yes !!!!!!

Aug 23, 2014
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Specialties from the Vaucluse (Avignon) part of Provence?

A devotee of modern cuisine and natural flavors I prefer the real thing and in PACA in prefer bouillabaisse. You can't get it anywhere else.

Aug 19, 2014
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Two interests in Paris

Are you sure you want pigeon and not pigeonneau which translates to squab?

Aug 17, 2014
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Specialties from the Vaucluse (Avignon) part of Provence?

In addition to tapenade and anchoiade

Pissaladière essentially onion-anchovy-black olive pizza
Brandade (de morue) is salt-cod pounded with cream, garlic and olive oil - I don't like it
Artichauts en barigoule - artichokes cooked in white wine with a chopped onion/mushroom/ham/parsley stuffing
Mesclun salade - salad of 13-14 fine lettuces/herbs with a garlicky vinaigrette
Pieds et paquets/tripes à la niçoise - sheep (feet and) tripe stuffed with a farce of garlic, parsley and pork fat
Rable de lapereau - back of young wild rabbit usually stuffed with sun-dried tomatoes and pine nuts
Gratin Provençale - alternating layers of tomato and potato (sometimes onion too) with herbs, garlic and olive oil
Ratatouille - chopped eggplant, zucchini, tomato, bell pepper, onion, garlic, herbs and olive oil. Hot or cold.
Soupe au pistou - minestrone-like vegetable soup flavored with pistou
Nougat - made from almonds, hazelnuts, honey, sugar and egg whites - is everywhere here during the Christmas season. Also found in desserts year-round. Similar to turrons from Spain.
Glace au miel or à la lavande - honey cream or lavender ice cream - sometimes both flavors ensemble
Tourte aux noix et au miel - walnut and honey pie
Calisson d'Aix - almond cookies flavored with melon or orange

Aug 17, 2014
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Languedoc's Terrasses du Larzac region gains AOC status

One appellation of Languedoc that does interest me is Malepère. I have always enjoyed blends of Bordeaux and Mediterranean red grapes.

Aug 16, 2014
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Languedoc's Terrasses du Larzac region gains AOC status

Jason, before my tastes gravitated toward less tannic wines, I bought some Corbières, but somehow I have not gotten into Languedoc wines. Instead I have focused on the improving vintners here in Roussillon.

Aug 16, 2014
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Languedoc's Terrasses du Larzac region gains AOC status

And apparently the Syrah-Grenache-Mourvedre grapes grow well in these high altitude Cevennes vineyards. Some of these wines are presented at this year's fall supermarket sales at prices of 10-to-20 euros alongside a slug of Mediterranean red blends at much lower prices.

The appellation includes St. Saturnin and Montpeyroux.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Terrasse...

Aug 15, 2014
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Wine vinegars

Just before I left for the USA I went up in the hills between Port-Vendres and Banyuls-sur-mer to the vinaigrerie la Guinelle.

I bought a bottle of vinegar de Banyuls for a gift but I also bought some Gewurztraminer vinegar, a new product there. I thought I might make the recipe for scallops with vinegar de Banyuls, only with the Gewurztraminer vinegar instead. The Gewurztraminer vinegar seems a bit strong. So I'm thinking of cutting it with some neutral vinegar.

Comments?

Aug 03, 2014
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Two grocery items I cannot find in France

Well, I thought I was going to buy A-1 from Germany, but a couple of days after this discussion, I searched in the USA for the price and found large bottles occasionally on sale for less than $4.

So I waited until I saw the price myself on the supermarket shelves in the USA. Kraft has lowered the price, I believe. $5/15oz and there are generic alternatives for less.

So Amazon Germany will be an emergency source.
Thanks again.

Aug 03, 2014
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Help with southern France Honeymoon next month

Hiely-Lucullus is an institution in downtown Avignon. Very good Provencal cuisine in an unpretentious atmosphere.

Yes, I know. I always recommend it here. I like dependable addresses.

Jul 26, 2014
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French food - boring? Yes, according to the Daily Telegraph

I've had pretty tasty
Clafoutis aux cerises en crème d'amande façon Roger Vergé
Larme de chocolat aux griottines Michel Trama
and even more common desserts in France like Profiterolles, Paris-Brest and Napoleons

Jul 21, 2014
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French food - boring? Yes, according to the Daily Telegraph

Since I haven't eaten in the UK in decades, I'll save my "impossible!" comment until after I visit London next spring.

However, we do not serve kidney pie, spotted d*ck or peach crumble here in France. We prefer dishes like mouclade, steak au poivre and tarte tatin.

Jul 20, 2014
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White Pinot Noir

I almost think it's a crime to make rosé from good Pinot grapes, but a white??? What for?
Shades of white balsamic vinegar and white port.

Jul 17, 2014
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Languedoc's Terrasses du Larzac region gains AOC status

Ah, those Fench, they'll plant grapes anywhere. Even on those dry causses where graze the sheep whose rich milk makes the marvelous Roquefort cheese I enjoy twice daily.

Jul 17, 2014
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Honeymoon in Italy (Genoa, Cinque Terre, Bologna, Modena, Parma, Venice, Tuscany, and Florence)

1 day in Cinque Terra? I think it requires 2 or 3. No great restaurants as far as I can determine. Will be in Vernazza in Sept. So I may have more info before you go.

1 day is Venice is too short as well. Not easy to arrive/leave.

Consider cutting out a couple of destinations.

And 1 good meal per day is a good rule.

Jul 16, 2014
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Wine matches for a 3-course dinner

Maria's PX sherry is a brilliant recommendation.

Riesling or Chardonnay with the soup

We drink good Cotes-du-Roussillon Villages (red wine only appellation) down here with pork belly.

Jul 13, 2014
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Hail ravages vineyards in Languedoc-Roussillon

That's all in the Aude in Languedoc proper. No damage in Roussillon.

Jul 10, 2014
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Wines aged in steel?

Most whites from Alsace are fermented in stainless steel tanks. Riesling, Gewurztraminer, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris . . .

Jul 08, 2014
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Napa Valley ranking in the world?

Jason, you have it all there now. The wines I drink in California every summer are exquisite and we usually taste at one vineyard too. It wasn't that way 30 years ago.

Jul 03, 2014
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Which red wines go with seafood?

I hate to disagree with you, but I must.

First of all, I make a point of finding and learning to make fish and seafood dishes that demand red wine.

Boyer's St Pierre over Red Wine Confit of Onions with Tomato Butter
Sea Scallops with Vinegar de Banyuls
Ancho-Crusted Salmon with Yellow Pepper Sauce

For simple grilled salmon, it's hard to beat a good Chianti Classico

Jul 03, 2014
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Napa Valley ranking in the world?

I have lived in France for 12 years now. I drink French wine every night from all corners of the country, and I am amazed at how little it costs me to drink good wine every night. For the money I don't think you can beat French wine.

However, I come to California for a few days every year, and I am astounded at how wonderful California wine has become. It's not cheap, but it has to be #1 in the world today.

Jul 03, 2014
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Need help with Provence itinerary

IMO it is preferable to dine on the terrace under the stars. Since the cuisine is no longer divine, the idyllic setting makes up some of the difference.

And for something a little different up in the lavender fields near Mont Ventoux there is the Hostellerie du Val de Sault

Jun 25, 2014
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These guys had good taste

And they overlooked the wine coolers?
And the Corona too?

Jun 24, 2014
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strawberry rhubarb pie

I like that too.

Jun 23, 2014
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strawberry rhubarb pie

Banyuls/Maury, rosé Champagne

Jun 23, 2014
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St Malo

Thanks, I dropped a letter.

Jun 22, 2014
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St Malo

Tirel-Guerin in la Gousnière (pronounced Gwen-yare).

Jun 21, 2014
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