French Wines and Their Food Pairings
The French are famous throughout the culinary world as well as the wine world. Some of the best foods and wines come from France. They have many vineyards such as the ones in Burgundy, Bordeaux, Loire Valley, Rhone, and Alsace. Each one follows a standard law known as the AOC which have specific rules of what type of grape can be grown in each region and how the grapes are to be grown, when the grapes are to be harvested, and what wines are to be made out of them. This insures the best quality of wine from all the vineyards. These wines mixed with the food of the area can make an excellent pairing for a great menu.
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This wine comes from the merlot grape, which is grown in the Cotes de Bourg region in France. This region is also known to grow Cabernet Sauvignon, merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Malbec. This region has a very diverse soil to be able to grow all these different types of grapes.
One of the most important course of the French cuisine or any other cuisine for that matter is the entrée. A great example of an entrée is Carré d’agneau a la Provençale. The Carré d’agneau a la Provençale is a dish of a delicious roasted rack of lamb that is coated in an herb crust top with a Dijon mustard brown sauce. The rack of lamb itself is a rich gamey mouthwatering flavor that makes the meal itself exquisite. The herb crust that coat the lamb is brings out the earthiness of the entrée alone. The herb crust contains the herbs of rosemary, thyme, and garlic ("Carré d’agneau a la Provençale - Lamb Provencal"). With this delicious entrée deserved a dry medium white wine from France.
An excellent white wine for this entrée is a perfect dry white wine that goes amazing with a rack of lamb especially a roasted rack of lamb with rosemary and garlic. A 2009 Latour Pessac – Leognant is best choice for it. It is a dry medium short-cleaned white wine. The 2009 Latour Pessac – Leognant has flavors of a melony, exotic fruits with a hint of figs, oranges, and apricot maramalade. This wine was originally from Bordeaux, France. It was created by the Semillon grape which brings a rich, gelatinous, full-flavored, along with a subtly-scented and botrytis-prone white grapes ("2009 Latour Martillac Blanc, Pessac-Léognan"). With the flavors that created the mouthwatering smooth white wine and the flavors from the most delicious roasted rack of lamb makes the entire entrée a heavenly satisfying course.
The last and final course is the dessert. A very succulent dessert is the Tarte fine aux Pommes which is made with sweet sour apples that is baked under a sweet pastry crust topped finally with some homemade whipped cream. In this dessert there is the smooth, tartness from the apples and the sweet, flakiness of the pastry, which makes this dessert pair well with a sweet wine that helps bring out the tartness of the apple and the warmth of the pastry.
2000 Barton & Guestier Sauternes is a great match to the Tarte fine aux Pommes because the wine is sweet to help bring out the tartness in the apple and help bring out the warmth of the pastry. This wine is a sweet dessert wine that gives a slight peach and apple scent. When tasted, it continues to have the taste of apple and peach but also it has and orange and honey flavor that has a long fruity finish.
2000 Barton & Guestier Sauternes is made with Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc grapes from the Sauternes region in France. This region is well known for their sweet dessert wines made from those types of grapes.
France has given the world the best of the best in wines and food. This country has such diverse soil and strong...