Not to say I’m less fond of wines from other countries. Reds, whites, and bubbles from all over the world lasso me. But this month, a month of love and valentines, romance and foods that go with all of the above I’m choosing France.
February’s French Winophiles segment is about wines with a name or concept reminiscent of l’amour. Some members received wine samples speaking to this theme. And other members jumped in to join with their finds. In time for Valentine’s Day, we share our love of French wine, food and cooking, pairings, tips- the list goes on. If you’d like more information about the group see my invitation article.
Love You Say?!?
How many of you shared with someone that you’re going to France and the response was “Oh I’d love to go there, how romantic!” Or “I love French wine!” While the country has its share of challenges, it oozes with history and love; the four wines explored this month do too.
Four for Celebration
I can’t wait to taste these wines when back in Bordeaux later this month. In the meantime, here’s information to tempt you and links to other #winophiles articles. Be sure to scroll to the links below for producer information, recipes, and pairing tips to tempt your Valentine plans!
Maison Vidal-Fleury, Brune et Blonde 2013, 95% Syrah 5% Viognier, $72 SRP
Established in 1781, Maison Vidal-Fleury is one the oldest continuously operating wineries in the Rhone Valley with a home base in Côte Rôtie. Among their vineyards are two famous hillsides in the Northern Rhone: the Côte Blonde and Côte Brune.
The Côte Blonde faces south-east with sand, slate and limestone soils. It produces tender wines that are fruitier, and sumptuous, more so than those of the Côte Brune, which faces south and southwest. Côte Brune soils are clay and iron oxide often resulting in serious, finely strucutured and tannic wines. Locally these vineyards are referred to as women of different temperaments. When the exquisite Blonde and the bold Brune unite, you’ve got an elegant wine commanding your attention.
US Distribution: Fredrick Wildman & Sons
Famille Bougrier, Pure Loire Rosé d’Anjou 2016, 50% Gamay 50% Groulleau, $13.99 SRP
The 6th generation of Famille Bougrier is leading this Loire Valley winery established in the mid 1800s. They’ve grown and modernized aspects of the business including the most recent square bottle for this particular wine. Reading reviews from fellow #winophiles I describe it as a frolicky fruity wine possessing fabulous acidic structure that balances a small amount of residual sugar.
US Distribution: Total Wine
Vignerons de Bel Air, Saint Amour 2016, Beaujolais Cru, 100% Gamay, $18.99 SRP
This group of Vignerons was launched in 1929, the result of men coming together during difficult times. You can read more about them in Beaujolais Beyond Nouveau.
Saint Amour is one of the ten Cru of Beaujolais generally with a lighter, fruity, playful style. Bel Air produces their version from hand-picked grapes and using the semi-carbonic maceration process common in Beaujolais. The story behind the name is historical having nothing to do with love. But how can you not be tempted to give a wine named love to a sweetie!
Domaine Jean Perrier & Fils, Apremont Gastronomie Fleur de Jacquère 2017, 100% Jacquère, SRP $13
Located in the Savoie region just south of the Swiss border, this is a floral, fruity and crisp alpine wine from another family going way back: the 7th generation is now at the helm!
Apremont is one of 16 cru within the Vin de Savoie AOP primarily growing Jacquère which is thought to be of French origin. And this is one of several indigenous varieties that grow in Savoie. Being a gal who likes off-the-beaten-path things, I love that the Domaine is dedicated to native grape preservation!
Such a pretty label, how could you not resist grabbing this wine for a romantic meal?!?
Here’s a compilation of French #Winophiles articles that’ll go live over the next few days:
Camillia at Culinary Adventures with Camilla shares “L’Amour dans une Bouteille ou Quatre”
Susannah Gold from Avvinare tells us about “Love in the Rhone Valley”
L.M. Archer at binNotes shares “The Hedonistic Taster | № 36 | #Winophiles + Love: L’Amour du Patrimoine”
Jeff at Food, Wine, Click! gives us “French Wines for ‘His’ and ‘Hers’ Valentines”
Jill from L’Occasion takes us on a sensory route “Tasting Romance: French Wine and the Senses”
Michelle of Rocking Red Blog helps us “Celebrate La Saint-Valentin with French Wine”
David of Cooking Chat dishes up “French Wine Picks and Pairings for Valentine’s Day” and “Beef Stew with Root Vegetables and Côte-Rôtie Wine”
Lauren from The Swirling Dervish shares “How Do I Love Thee? Let Me Count the Wines”
Liz from What’s in that Bottle pairs “Celebrate Galentine’s Day with French Wines & Fondue”
Gwen at Wine Predator shares “Sweethearts: French Wines and Pizza”
Wendy at A Day in the Life on the Farm shows us how to “Spice up your Love Life with Shrimp Etouffee”
Nicole from Somm’s Table shares “Cooking to the Wine: Domaine Chardigny Saint-Amour with Roasted Salmon and a little Romance”
Martin from ENOFYLZ Wine Blog tells us about “Celebrating L’Amour Du Vin With French Wine At The Table”
Rupal of Journeys of a Syrah Queen swirls up “Valentine’s Day Romance with French Wines”
Jane at Always Ravenous asks “Why Does French Food and Wine Taste So Good? Love!”
And here at Savor the Harvest, I share “L’Amour du vin”