Wine of the Week: Puisseguin-Saint-Émilion BordeaUx

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Vintage: 2013

Region: Puisseguin-Saint-Émilion

Style: Bordeaux Saint-Émilion

Country: France

Winery: Château Clarisse

Tasting Notes: Soft berries, gently fruit forward, dry finish.

Rating: 🍷🍷🍷🍷1/2

Thoughts: Bitter charcoal and a dry finish to start, builds into lush fruits and a robust berry. 

Pairings: Will hold up well against steak frites, salmon, tonnata, and onion soup

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Wine of the Week: Château de Terrebonne Côtes de Provence Rosé

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Vintage: 2015

Region: Côtes de Provence

Country: France

Vineyard: Vindivin

Tasting Notes: Soft berries, gently fruit forward, dry finish.

Rating: 🍷🍷🍷

Thoughts: Rosé is a relatively new wine to the Wine Vixen’s repertoire. Light and simple, it is benefited by simple seafood dishes. Serve well chilled.

Pairings: Light white fish, like sea bass or halibut, shrimp, scallops, carrots, peas, saffron.

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2014 “La Petite Frog” Picpoul De Pinet

by Amy

Is there any dining establishment that makes you feel as classy and cool as a bistro?

I love the whole experience: sitting outside, sharing appetizers, and sipping wine over lazy conversations and a dinner service that can stretch into a couple of hours. 

Mmm.

Granted, Table 3's location in Nashville isn't as glamorous as a Parisian sidewalk (the lovely view encompasses the parking lot of The Cheesecake Factory and a Chico's), but under the stars and positioning your back to the headlights, you can easily imagine yourself under winding iron trellises and French colonial buildings.

I'm not knocking you, Table 3. Anybody who serves garlic aioli with heaping dishes of frites is OK in my book.

And, of course, the bistro experience isn't complete without some vino.

In a "surprise me!" sort of mood, I recently ordered the house white, which happens to be the 2014 "La Petite Frog" Picpoul De Pinet. And I enjoyed it! Nice citrus on the nose, slightly tart with a little zing of grass and lemon on the palate. I'd order it again, but next time I'd pair it with some oysters—because who can ever get enough oysters?

By now, you should've picked up that this blog is a no-judgment zone—we like good wine, no matter where it comes from. So imagine my surprise when I looked up the "La Petite Frog" when I got home and found this is a boxed wine. But hey, people: you can get 3L of this stuff for $23.99. That's four bottles of wine for $6 each.

Um, yeah. I have no complaints.

If you're looking to stock up on some wine, this might be the ticket! Summer sangria, anyone?


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Emile Beyer Riesling

by Amy

When one goes to Las Vegas, one expects to find a city rife with slot machines, stale cigarette smoke, panhandlers and, well, general debauchery. 

One does not expect to find a bustling food scene. 

Especially a delicious urban coffee bar that may have the best pour over I've ever had, or one of the best breakfasts I've enjoyed in a long time (I'll miss you, Latin hash). 

I've just returned from a week-long trip to Vegas (no gambling for me: boyfriend and I went to see Queen Reba perform at her Caesars residency), and I must say, I'm glad to be out of the sensory-overload experience and back in my own kitchen. Though I admit, I did have a heck of a time eating my way through the city, and I'll be chronicling some of my Vegas wine adventures in the next few weeks.

One night, we were hankering for some French bistro fare and moseyed our way to Mon Ami Gabi at Paris Las Vegas before we saw Jersey Boys (Um, have you seen this? It's disarmingly good!). This Emile Beyer Riesling caught my eye (and not for the usual reasons, mind you; I wanted a Riesling, and this was the only option I saw, so there). 

This dry, fruity white is deliciously smooth and boasts lemon notes and a crisp finish.

It would complement seafood or chicken dishes nicely, but I really enjoyed it alongside goat cheese baked with a light tomato sauce and sopped up with a toasted garlic baguette. 

Get your own bottle for $23.99.


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Augey White Bordeaux

By Amy

On a rainy Saturday night in September, I found myself in a situation familiar to all over-achievers: I was the first of my party to arrive at the restaurant. What's the best thing to do when you're waiting on the others? Why, peruse the wine list, of course! Never one to waste time, I grabbed the list and scanned, looking for something new to tickle my fancy, when I spotted my poison for the evening.

White Bordeaux? I thought. Hmm. . . 

I wasn't disappointed. This Augey White Bordeaux is a blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Sémillon with fresh aromas of citrus, apples, and a hint of lemon grass—it's not too sweet, either. It's a lovely pairing with chicken, fish, and goat cheese, and a steal for only $7.99 per bottle.

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