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Palacios to make Spain’s ‘best’ white

I had the Pagos de Delir.
Citrusy and slightly above average.

about 8 hours ago
collioure in Wine

Palacios to make Spain’s ‘best’ white

I am in Windermere, Cumbria, England.
Last night we had a screwtop Albarino in the only good restaurant in town. Going back again.
Going to drink Godello.

1 day ago
collioure in Wine

Spanish wine pairing with Paella

Rioja Rosado

A white dominated by Roussanne and Marsanne is tops.

1 day ago
collioure in Wine

Cocktails before wine

Liquor, e.g. a Martini, dullens the taste buds.

I usually start with wine-based Pineau des Charentes or some kind of Kir Royale. Such starter drinks prepare your palate for a good meal.

Aug 13, 2015
collioure in Wine

Robert Parker says sorry to Burgundy

This comment comes from an American living in France who is also blunt ("We don't talk about those things," my French wife often reminds me).

It's quite possible anything unfavorable Parker wrote would have been poorly received. The French are more subtle.

Personally I happen to agree with his critiques. Because I followed his writings, I know that I want natural, unfiltered wine from independent producers, esp from Burgundy whence come my favorite wines. And I rarely buy negociant wines.

Jun 26, 2015
collioure in Wine

Hugel: ‘Alsace wines belong in Asia’

German Rieslings pair best with sweet-sour Chinese cuisine.

Jun 23, 2015
collioure in Wine

What wine to pair with BBQ Salmon?

I don't think you can do even a mildly tannic red with all that spice (=tannin also).
I'm squarely in the Riesling/Gewurz family.

Jun 16, 2015
collioure in Wine

Under-appreciated and/or up-and-coming grape varieties?

An Aglianico fan, I think it is under distributed!

Jun 16, 2015
collioure in Wine

Under-appreciated and/or up-and-coming grape varieties?

I sure would like to see more Friulano.

However, I believe both Carignan and Cinsault are being phased out. Both are used in Syrah-Grenache-Mourvèdre blends. There once were over 200,000 hectares of Carignan here in Languedoc-Roussillon; now less than 100,000.

BTW I won't buy a wine that is primarily Carignan. Carignan offers color and alcohol to a blend, but only the old vines offer lots of flavor, a flavor I don't like.

Jun 13, 2015
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Wine: why vermentino is a contender to challenge sauvignon blanc

Jason, perhaps you were not offended when I first disparaged these whites, and not all are insipid. IMO they do have their place with simpler dishes. I just don't cook like that.

Jun 13, 2015
collioure in Wine

Under-appreciated and/or up-and-coming grape varieties?

FYI Jurançon is made from Gros and Petit Manseng.

Jun 13, 2015
collioure in Wine

Wine Pairings

1. For rabbit I make chimichurri sauce monthly with ancho chile powder and a touch of pizza oïl too. With that and the piquillo pepper, a tannic wine is discouraged. How about a fruity red dominated by Grenache?

2. Chardonnay. OK, pull my leg. (not a Chardonnay drinker)

3. Skip wine with the salad.

4. LH Riesling

Jun 13, 2015
collioure in Wine

Wine: why vermentino is a contender to challenge sauvignon blanc

OK, defenders of those insipid light Mediterranean whites, get ready to jump on me again.

Vermentino or Rolle, Grenache Blanc, Grenache Gris, and Macabeo/u (Viura in Spain) dominate the white wine scene here in Roussillon*. I buy a classy one that I drink alongside June's Tuna/Swordfish with lemon caper butter twice a year.

Otherwise they just don't stand up to flavorful cuisine IMO. I'll take a good Pouilly Fumé or Sancerre any day of the week.

* The percentage of Roussanne is increasing.

Jun 13, 2015
collioure in Wine

Under-appreciated and/or up-and-coming grape varieties?

Malagousia especially and Moschofilero from Greece merit attention.
So does Jurançon from the French side of the Pyrenees.
All whites

Jun 13, 2015
collioure in Wine

Spanish wine tourism trail to open on ancient trading route | decanter.com

About 30 minutes west of Barcelona.

Jun 03, 2015
collioure in Wine

Food pairing for this red blend wine?

You can roast it in the oven too - 300F for 12 minutes.

Don't forget the Hollandaise which you can now buy in a little box and warm up before serving. That'll up the ante for a big red wine.

May 31, 2015
collioure in Wine

Food pairing for this red blend wine?

I don't do veggie.
So grilled salmon with mushrooms and Hollandaise.

May 28, 2015
collioure in Wine

China overtakes France in vineyards - BBC News

And they now make raw milk cheese in the USA . . .

May 01, 2015
collioure in Wine

Vin Jaune?

Find a recipe that calls for vin jaune (like
poulet au vin jaune et aux morilles). Open the wine the night before, use it in making the cream sauce, and drink the rest with the divine chicken.

Poulet au vin jaune et aux morilles (chicken with yellow wine and morels) is the signature dish of the Jura region in France.

FYI you don't need vin jaune to make this dish. Dry sherry (e.g. Manzanilla) is a good substitute.

May 01, 2015
collioure in Wine

Wine pairing herby pork?

I prefer Sauvignon Blanc with the pork and all the herbs and veggies. Like a delightful Pouilly-Fumé from Jonathan Didier Pabiot.
http://dreyfus-ashby.co.uk/domaine-jo...

May 01, 2015
collioure in Wine

Please help plan trip to Burgundy

May 8 isn't nearly as bad as May 1, but, yes, some close for the three-day weekend. Why don't you call ahead now and do most of your wine shopping on Thursday. Make appts at top vintners in several villages and rent a car or hire a taxi. Little will be open on Friday afternoon.

Plenty of Pinot Noir in Cote de Beaune - the softer, more feminine ones that I prefer. The Cote de Nuits reds tend to be masculine and take longer to mature. Nearly all whites are from the Cote de Beaune and further south in the Cote Chalonnaise.

Apr 21, 2015
collioure in France

Why is no one buying Sauternes?

I wasn't definitive enough. I just adore Jurançons - dry or sweet. Waiting for a declaration on the 2014 vintage (beset by hail) before I order a bunch.

Apr 21, 2015
collioure in Wine

Why is no one buying Sauternes?

I prefer Jurançon moelleux with foie gras.

Apr 18, 2015
collioure in Wine

Do French people drink foreign wines?

No, the French do not drink foreign wines. In general they drink local wines. Only in a major metropolitan centers might you even see good offerings from Spain, Italy or the USA.
I live on the Spanish border, but I have to cross over to buy Albariño and Ribero del Duero.
And I just happen to have a bottle of Albariño open this evening - Martin Códax 2011 - seems to get good marks (87-90) from WE annually.

Apr 18, 2015
collioure in Wine

Per Capita Wine Consumption by Country

The reds are mostly Pinot Noir/Gamay blends from chilly slopes. Chasselas dominates the whites.

Apr 11, 2015
collioure in Wine

Per Capita Wine Consumption by Country

Well, I'm certainly helping to keep the French consumption up.
Not surprised to see Switzerland in the top ten. The Swiss may not produce anything interesting, but they do drink.

Apr 10, 2015
collioure in Wine

Wine for Salmon With Anchovy-Garlic Butter??

How was the dish itself, Jason?

Apr 10, 2015
collioure in Wine

Wine for Salmon With Anchovy-Garlic Butter??

Here's a killer recipe for salmon.
http://www.ciaprochef.com/fbi/recipes...
(You can find simpler recipes for the sauce.)

Apr 08, 2015
collioure in Wine

Wine for Salmon With Anchovy-Garlic Butter??

I think a dry rosé will cover both the anchovy butter (similar to tapenade) and the salmon. FYI I live about 15 minutes from Collioure.
Come to think of it, this doesn't sound like the right sauce for salmon. I usually put such a sauce on fleshy white fish and select a light red (Grenache).

Apr 08, 2015
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Creamed corn

Thank you. I am going to take a fling at it with good canned corn with an eye to using fresh corn from July on this year. BTW the canned corn I buy here is just fine.

And now I also have to find some really good canned tomatoes to make Red Fox Inn Tomato Pudding.

Adding some new recipes to my repertoire.

Apr 08, 2015
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