France is known for its fashion, art, language, food and wine. But I’ll let you in on a little secret: You don’t have to speak French to drink it. And you don’t have to pair French food with French wine. Try these lip-smacking examples and their food pairings to see what I mean.
This plum-hued Bordeaux blend exhibits notes of blueberry, blackberry and oak. Farmed from a small vineyard on a high plateau and vinified by Francois Despagne, this wine is a youthful, Right Bank example of Bordeaux wine. Pairs pleasantly with roasted chicken, beef, game and mild cheeses. For best results, try an herb-roasted leg of lamb. But if you’re looking for easy, whip up a Philly cheesesteak sandwich with a side of crispy fries.
This rich, full-bodied Grenache/Syrah blend is teeming with complex aromas and flavors of dark fruit, olive paste, herbs and truffles. It’s deep and delectable, just right for beef, duck or lamb. Sip this stunner with roasted duck for a phenomenal match. Easy? Try a grilled burger with gooey cheese and all the toppings with a side of truffle oil fries.
From southern-facing sloping vineyards with pebble soil, Château Gigognan Châteauneuf-du-Pape Clos du Roi is a classic wine with spice and life in every sip. A deep ruby color hints to a full palate of red fruit. Pair with herb-crusted pork or steaming pasta with red sauce and meatballs. If spaghetti and meatballs isn’t easy enough, order your favorite pizza–that marinara sauce will dance as the wine sings on your tongue.
Bright ruby with plum hues, this wine is a tantalizing blend of Cabernet, Tannat and Merlot. Medium-bodied with a round body, the palate notes flavors of blackcurrant, strawberries, cherries and light spice. Sip this Gascony wine alongside beef, pork and roasted vegetables. Here’s your quick pairing: take-out beef and broccoli.
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