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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
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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
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Why is no one buying Sauternes?

I prefer Jurançon moelleux with foie gras.

Apr 18, 2015
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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
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Per Capita Wine Consumption by Country

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

Apr 11, 2015
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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
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Wine for Salmon With Anchovy-Garlic Butter??

How was the dish itself, Jason?

Apr 10, 2015
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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
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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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Wine Pairing Advice for Roast Leg of Lamb

Well, the lamb was perfectly pink, the gratin a little undercooked (so I nuked it), and the Gevrey (2003 Guyot) just excellent. I can't believe I drank almost a half bottle at noon.

Apr 05, 2015
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Wine Pairing Advice for Roast Leg of Lamb

Sunday at noon (Central European Daylight Time) I making roast leg of lamb over a gratin of potatoes, tomatoes, onions and thyme (Mr Henny recipe from Patty Wells).
Gevrey-Chambertin is my first choice.
Ccomments?

Apr 04, 2015
collioure in Wine

Wine Pairing Advice for Roast Leg of Lamb

Really?
I think of this wine as the equivalent of a Madiran and I'm saving it for duck. Doing gigot tomorrow at noon.
BTW I love the white Irouléguys, the hidden secret from these Basque vineyards.

Apr 04, 2015
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Creamed corn

Most, but not all of, the recipes demand it. I think I am going to experiment with a recipe that does not demand creamed corn using the best canned corn I can find right now.
Lidl, the discount supermarket chain, brought us good fresh corn from Germany and from Spain at reasonable prices all last summer.

Apr 03, 2015
collioure in France

What are some of the more irritating and/or interesting questions diners ask servers about wine?

I wish I remembered, but I don't. I had a very food- and customer-friendly wine list that breached a lot of problems.

Apr 03, 2015
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2 wine pairing questions

Is there a similar game for Jurançon? I am about to buy some (when I get a positive report on the 2014 vintage).

Just not a Bordeauxphile in any way.

Apr 03, 2015
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Creamed corn

I suspected that but it's available at Amazon.

Mar 31, 2015
collioure in France

Creamed corn

It is possible to find a can of creamed corn in France? I want to make corn pudding. (I want to make tomato pudding too).

Mar 31, 2015
collioure in France

What would you serve with a 1982 Ch Margaux?

Gigot de sept heures

Mar 13, 2015
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Brittany lodging and restaurant reccs for 5-6 day driving itinerary in late Oct

You can't go wrong at Restaurant Tirel Guerin (la Gouesnière) in St-Meloir-des-Ondes, an institution now in new hands near St Malo/Cancale.

Mar 08, 2015
collioure in France

Erotic (?) wine labels?

I find them rather artful. Especially like the Viognier and I am not a fan of Viognier.

Not sure I will live long enough ever to see such here in stodgy France.

Mar 04, 2015
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2011 Chateau Saint Roch Kerbuccio Maury Sec: WTL (What The Logo)?

The design is the logo of Chateau Saint Roch.
The wine is now 60G-20S-20M in order to conform to the specs of the new appellation.

Mar 03, 2015
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2011 Chateau Saint Roch Kerbuccio Maury Sec: WTL (What The Logo)?

Chateau Saint Roch no longer exists. I will call Lafage who took over recently.

Thank you for the clarification on the appellation. The meaty wine I buy out there and just adore is not majority Grenache. So it remains Côtes-du-Roussillon Villages.

I am reading 60%-to-80% Grenache to qualify for Maury Sec. However, I see Kerbuccio 2012 at 40 % Grenache noir /40 % Syrah /20 % Mourvèdre. So now I am really confused.

Mar 02, 2015
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2011 Chateau Saint Roch Kerbuccio Maury Sec: WTL (What The Logo)?

I have one bottle of 2003 and just put down a few 2012's. Seems to me the press on the 2011 was not so favorable and the price was discounted.

The producer Chateau Saint Roch was recently acquired by Lafage who bottled the 2012. The symbol you asked about appears on the labels of both the 2003 and the 2012 and on other Chateau Saint Roch wines. I will call this week to see if they have an explanation.

New appellation? More of an upgrade. Formerly a part of Cotes-du-Roussillon Villages. The vins doux from Maury already had a Maury appellation.

BTW many of the top red wines produced in Roussillon now contain significant percentages of Mourvèdre (which I just love). I don't think you will find that in Corbières.

Mar 02, 2015
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Winery launches ‘wine and sex’ nights

Oh, goodie!
Maybe they could offer vin gris, pinot gris . . . and call it "Fifty Shades of Gris."
Next!

Feb 25, 2015
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Elizabeth Gabay, MW: "A Taste of Carignan . . . "

I live in Roussillon which I believe is the Carignan capital of the world these days, and they can't replant Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre in its place fast enough for me.
The word on this variety is that old vines (30+ yrs) produce interesting single varietal wines. Otherwise Carignan offers body, alcohol, but not a lot of taste to numerous red blends here. It is predominant in lesser reds here.

Feb 25, 2015
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wine suggestions to go with a salmon pie

An Alsatian Riesling would also have done the trick.

Feb 25, 2015
collioure in Wine