Tag - France

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Dupeuble Beaujolais 2013
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Domaine De Pajot, Les Quatre Cépages 2013
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‘Hood Eats: Asian-y (Hey Vouvray!)
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‘Hood eats: Lebanese
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Joseph Drouhin Macon-Villages 2012
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La Grande Ribe Côtes du Rhône Villages 2009
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Montmassot Picpoul de Pinet
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Josephine Dubois Pinot Noir 2010
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La Vieille Ferme Rouge 2012
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Koenig Pinot Blanc 2013

Dupeuble Beaujolais 2013

France
$14
There are times when edgy, mind-expanding contrast between food and wine is what feels right for you in that moment, with that meal, during that experience — whatever. And there are times when what feels good is a perfectly harmonious moment that pleasantly swaddles you comfortably.

That was the realization I had in between slices of pizza — while finishing off a bottle of Tempranillo Rioja — and the ecstatic cork popping of a newly opened bottle of Beaujolais. Two experiences, one pizza.

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Domaine De Pajot, Les Quatre Cépages 2013

France
$10
I’ve been spending more money per bottle lately. Now, either my tastes in wine have changed, or it’s the cost of living increase in the state I now call home. It’s possible that it’s both.

I do have to admit that the $8 a bottle target that I have imposed upon myself has been more difficult to hit since my tastes have grown along with my curiosity. I will continue to aim for $8 but it may end up more around $10, or $12. I just can’t be bound by the price any longer! Well, within reason.

Despite that, I will continue to strive for thrift AND quality.

That said, this latest bottle was a delicious $10 accident. I was returning home from “Mission: Kimchi,” having located a jar at the neighborhood Whole Paycheck, I mean Foods. Between the kimchi pick-up and home I spotted the cute little corner wine shop I only visited once before, Streetcar Wine & Beers, and thought, hey, what goes with spicy pickled cabbage? As one does. So I bee-lined it.

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‘Hood Eats: Asian-y (Hey Vouvray!)

So many fresh discoveries await my eager-beaver attitude towards this cool little neighborhood where I now live. Effervescent with my ever-growing fondness, and with a brunch buzz, I thought up a new blog feature, ‘Hood Eats, where I visit all the many dining establishments not far outside my doorstep and pair with them wines for delicious take-out feasts. 
Bernard Fouquet Vouvray 2013
Super Splurge-y
$19.99
Could this be? Is this already the next installment of ‘Hood Eats?! Why yes, yes it is.

I couldn’t wait. It’s cold out there and I’m doing my best to fatten up for the winter.

After a not so pleasing earlier encounter with a surprisingly sticky-sweet Vouvray from the Loire Valley, I considered writing Chenin Blanc off, completely. But, oh, what a mistake that would have been.

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‘Hood eats: Lebanese

So many fresh discoveries await my eager-beaver attitude towards this cool little neighborhood where I now live. Effervescent with my ever-growing fondness, and with a brunch buzz, I thought up a new blog feature where I visit all the many dining establishments not far outside my doorstep and pair with them wines for delicious take-out feasts. Here’s the first one.

Cave de Saumur ‘Saumur Blanc’ Lieu-dit Les Pouches 2013
Loire, France
$12
Bodega Classica Hacienda Lopez De Haro Crianza Rioja
Spain
$10
Lightbulb! Brainstorm! Action! I was on the train returning home from playing tourist in the city I now call home and that sudden, lightening strike of hunger hit the very core of my belly.

The first thing that came to mind was easy, it was the dive-y little hole in the wall in my neighborhood serving up Lebanese fare that I could not stop thinking about. I oh-so desperately was just positively dying to give it a try. That night, I decided, was the night.

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Joseph Drouhin Macon-Villages 2012

Burgundy, France
Splurge-y
$11.99
Ah, yes, memories. They have a way of being called back from the depths by a scent, a song, or a meal. And of course, also by a few precious drops of wine.

When a sip from this Joseph Drouhin wine alighted upon my fleshy pink tongue it was Paris in the springtime that came bursting out of the folds of my gray matter.

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La Grande Ribe Côtes du Rhône Villages 2009

Côtes du Rhône, France
Splurge-y
$9.99
Listened to the ‘Women of Country’ playlist on Spotify while I cooked my supper. Kitty Wells and Dolly Parton kept me company and told stories of their heartbreak and strength.

The Côtes du Rhône was so smooth, no rough edges. The more time exposed to the air the better it became. It was constantly changing and evolving in the glass. It’s amazing what a little time will do, mellows out most anything (that applies to myself as well).

Minerality is smooth, acidity low, body medium. Alcohol lifts off your tongue on the finish but it’s soft. The smell of the round smooth stones that gives it that nice minerality nearly brought a tactile sensory memory – smooth, flinty stones clacking against each other in my hand.

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Montmassot Picpoul de Pinet

France

$7.99

I drank from the glass as if I was a thoughtless zombie. Sip, drink, gulp and pour. I’ve been busy working lately and it’s entirely possible that I was drinking this Picpoul de Pinet more for medicinal reasons than anything.

Struggling to find the fruit in this crisp white wine from the Languedoc region of France I was a little surprised by the acidity. It was very citrus-y, I could detect little else in the way of fruit. Even with food it remained the same, not changing into something more complex or nuanced.

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Josephine Dubois Pinot Noir 2010

Burgundy, France
Barely splurge-y
$9.99
They say that wines tell stories, that they express the physical characteristics of the regions they’re grown in and the method employed by the people of those regions (terroir). They also say that wine pairs with certain foods to bring out the best in each other. But of all the cool shit that wines do, my favorite is when it compliments a gathering, a moment, an evening spent with a friend.

I know there exist better examples of wines made in Burgundy than this $10 bottle with the fancy looking label. After all, this particular French wine region, Bourgogne, is hugely influential in le monde du vin. It is a region known for only growing two grape varieties, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, and doing it exceptionally well.

On the night that I drank from this particular bottle there was a lot going on that influenced my experience of it.

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La Vieille Ferme Rouge 2012

France
$7.99
La Vieille Ferme produce budget savvy Rouge, Blanc and Rosé wines. And after trying the third of these Triplets of Cheapville I couldn’t help thinking of Cinderella and her nasty step sisters, Anastasia and Drizella.

This red blend was fruit punchy at first, it mellowed to the point where the fruit was much less detectable. With the acidity a little on the bitter side it seemed to do it good to breath and get some oxygen up in there.
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Just like its brethren this is a solid choice for a good, honest, daily drinking table wine. Nothing wrong with that. There ain’t no shame in that game. Not every bottle will bring about a transformative experience.

But of the three young ladies, if I had to play favorite, I would have to dote on the rosé, much like Prince Charming chose to do with Cinderella at the ball. And if I had to pick among her sisters the white (Anastasia) would come in second with the red (Drizella) pulling up the rear.

Still, I didn’t hate it.

Koenig Pinot Blanc 2013

Alsace, France
Barely Splurge-y
$9.99
My nose filled with freshness and peach fuzz, nice and clean and crisp. All of it lightness of color, smell and taste. Yet the finish was surprisingly powerful, pleasant, but stronger than I imagined it would be. It filled out with bright acidity and an alcoholic punch to the taste buds.

The finish lingered lazily for a while, like it was hanging around, not willing to turn away until it had witnessed every last drop of sunlight dripping down into the horizon at sunset.

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