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1000 wines, 1000 cheeses

 TAGS:Everybody knows that there are few things that taste better than grapes with cheese (which taste like kiss). But one of those things is wine, because when it accompanies cheese is simply such a great combination that can beat even chocolate.

We could also say that it is the best combination for the mood (I do not dare saying that it is goo as well for health, as those with high cholesterol should stop reading the post right now, because going any further will only cause them some troubles).

Not to disappoint anyone, notice that I have no space or time (or speed) to speak a thousand wines and a thousand cheeses, but I will do everything in my hand to make a quality selection which will bring you something new and appetizing, resulting in pairings that you can practice at home this very weekend.

To get started I suggest an English Cheddar cheese, which in its milder variant is perfect to be accompanied by a South Africa Chardonnay while when its most cured lends down with a glass of Rioja Crianza.

The Dutch Gouda (beautiful city, by the way) seems to me perfect to go together with a white wine from Alella. However, the Gruyere is ideal when accompanied by a Sauvignon Blanc (Chile, if you like powerful flavor or New Zealand , if you prefer a more floral touch).

Brie cheese can be quite an experience when presented with a glass of Pedro Ximénez, but if someone does not want to or cannot wait to the dessert time to try this combination, worthy of Olympus, then it is also a good idea to choose a good bread and a good Merlot, which will also catapult you to the absolute pleasure of cheese and wine lovers.

Feta cheese, especially if it is part of a salad of pear tomatoes, onions and black olives is the most ideal dining companion of a slight Burgundy. While other French wine, the Châteauneuf-du-Pape, could be a real success in a Raclette evening with friends.

Finally, Manchego cheese tastes even better if you eat it while tasting a glass of wine containing some Petit Verdot, although to purists I do not dare but recommend another than any of the Ribera del Duero best crianzas, obtaining an interesting recreation of the most distinguished cuisine of the both parts of Castile.

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Grossot Chablis Fourchaume 2008

 

 

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Château Minuty Cru Classé Cuvée Prestige Rosé 2011

Burgundy wines

French wines have a long tradition in the cultivation of vines, which dates back to the second century of our era and has been developed during the Roman Empire. No doubt that they are a fundamental part of French cuisine, their brands have achieved global recognition and their quality is trademarked.

Indeed, one of the famous regions by its tradition is Burgundy, a wine region in eastern France, in an area that covers over 250 kilometers from north Chablis to south Mâconnais. Its wines, along with those from Bordeaux and champagne are among the most prestigious in the world.

The wines produced in Burgundy are red, made from pinot noir and gamay grapes, and white, which are elaborated from chardonnay and aligoté grapes. They also produce small amounts of rosé and sparkling wine. The whole production is concentrated in an area of 25,800 hectares which produce about 1,500,000 hectoliters of Burgundy wines. This area, called ?Burgundian Vineyard? comprises four production zones, from north to south: Yonne, Côte d’Or, Côte Chalonnaise and Mâconnais.

One thing to consider is that the Côte d’Or wines are the most famous and expensive in all Burgundy, as the ?Grand Cru?, the ?Premier Cru? or the ?Village?. And further south is the Beaujolais region, famous for its fruity red wines made from gamay grape.

As for white grapes, the most common is the chardonnay, producing Chablis, Mâcon and Cote d’Or wines, all of them made of 100% chardonnay grapes, quite vigorous and aromatic in its youth, but that improve with a 2-4 years aging.

And on red grapes, for example, the production of Cote d’Or focuses on pinot noir grape, while gamay grape is produced in Beaujolais. Another point for wine lovers is that pinot noir is the main grape of Burgundy, cultivated by the Gauls before the Roman conquest.

As you can see the quality and excellence is a priority in Burgundy, as well as in its wines and wine tradition, one of the most important worldwide. So, just enjoy its wines and taste its history and quality.

Burgundy wines: the smooth side of summer

 TAGS:Some Burgundy wines can be the best alternative for those warm summer dinners we have in mind. The heterogeneity of this region, one of the largest in France, forced to divide the recommendations for areas to focus on the best that each one has to offer.

We begin with the red wines from the Côte d’Or, where the prestige and quality go hand in hand to welcome their generous consumers. Among its two sub areas I prefer wines from the Côte de Beaune for this season.

I love Puligny wines for their exact point of acidity and especially for their delicate aftertaste. But what really gets me and hooks me every time I taste them is their combination of apple fruit notes that give an openness that transmit the joy of living in the region to us while we drink it.

Another good choice for food pairing at this time of the year would be the Beaujolais wines, in particular I would recommend the area called Fleurie. These wines, like the rest of wine in this area are light and very easy to drink because of the Gamay grape qualities as it is the main grape used in its elaboration. Its fruity and youthful elegance make these kind of wines ideal to succeed with them at any summer party.

Speaking of Burgundy wines to drink in these months I feel that I have to mention one of my favorite white wines: the Chablis. Although I am a lover of Sauvignon Blanc, I have to admit that when you drink a good Chablis you get soaked in the sublimation of Chardonnay, which reaches unattainable levels of color, aroma and taste, very difficult to equal. Its presence manages to transport us to the terrace of a cafe in Paris on a July afternoon.

Finally, I would like to mention the Mâconnais and within it the region of Pouilly – Fuisse, which white wines can improve over the time and so get to be a great discovery, if you know how to choose them right, because the uniformity in this area is nonexistent except in the item price which remains at significant levels.

Do you want to buy Burgundy wines?

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Joseph Drouhin Bourgogne Chardonnay Laforet 2010, a great value for money

 

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Grand Regnard Chablis Magnum, big bottle, low price