Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Wine Wednesdays - Pico 2012 Chablis

I'm back!  And totally in denial….I've continued to have croissants for breakfast, cheese for lunch and macaroons for dessert as I ease back into my NY life.  Stay tuned for multiple posts to come as I relive our amazing trip.  But for today, just a quick review of one of our favorite wines that we enjoyed in both Burgundy and Paris.  

Pico 2012 Chablis was light, fresh, ripe fruit+acid in perfect balance, it was lovely.  While many of us might have written off "Chablis" due to the generic overuse and misinterpretation as a generic white wine, I now have a newfound appreciation for French Chablis.  Made from 100% Chardonnay and aged in stainless steel, Chablis comes from the most northern part of Burgundy, lending itself to a more acidic, stoney, salty and mineral flavor.  Bonus - Winemaker Thomas Pico uses organic and biodynamic farming, limited the additives of sulfer dioxide = no hangover!

This 2012 Pico was an opening price point "village" Chablis, and a good value for the price.  Chablis is classified much like other Burgundy wines, with various levels:  Petit Chablis, Chablis (village wine), Chablis Premier Cru, and Chablis Grand Cru.  

We first enjoyed this wine over dinner at Caves Madeleine, one of our favorite restaurants and experiences of the trip.  We made great friends over delicious food at the communal, candle lit table in the tiny restaurant.  It was so much fun, we ended up going back later in the week!  

Mom in her element in the Chardonnay capitol of the world!
Not your average escargot - sautéed with asparagus over pureed celery root.  Still a little too chewy for me…..
The restaurant doubles as a wine shop - pick your bottle and open up at the table. 
Our new friends - nothing like good food, good wine, and bonding over the Grateful Dead!
The beauty of wine and food bringing people together
Wine:  2012 Domaine Pattes Loup Chablis 
Purchased:  Burgundy, France
Price:  29 euro on restaurant wine list, retail aprox. $30 in the US
Would buy again: Yes!

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Wine Wednesdays - Gone Tasting

Happy Wednesday! Just wanted to drop in for a quick hello - I'm in Burgundy eating and drinking to my hearts content.  Follow my adventure on Instagram @chardonnaymoi - full report when I return!

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Birthday Recap

It was another successful birthday weekend celebration.  My best friend Aislinn made the trip all the way from LA to celebrate and get her yearly fix of NYC.  We ate, drank, and shopped our way through the city, the trifecta of a perfect weekend.  Great friends, great food, great wine, all amazing things to celebrate the dawn of another year!

Friday night dinner at Buvette - the chocolate mousse is life changing!

In preparation for Paris - checking out the new Laduree downtown!
An afternoon walk on the highline
Presents with a Parisian theme!
Another brunch at the Nomad - fries and more fries!

Brights on brights!
Poppin' bottles
Had to take this one out into the hall just in case…..
Oldest and bestest!

It's going to be a great year - I can feel it!

Wine Wednesdays - Krug Grande Cuvee Champagne

As a special birthday treat my dad sent me a bottle of Krug Grande Cuvee Champagne.  I gathered the girls prior to my birthday dinner at Jeffrey's Grocery for some tasty apps and bubbles to get the party started! 

Perfect tiny bubbles!
As a rule I tend to avoid sparkling wine, it usually gives me a headache and I can only drink a glass or two when feeling particularly festive, but this was different.  Light, crisp, refreshing, and bone-dry, it was delicious; with no hints of the overly sweet or sugary taste I often find with your every-day prosecco.  The taste was bursting with citrus, lemon and grapefruit as well as fresh green apple.    

What's really cool is you can visit the Krug website and type in your "Krug ID".  Each bottle has a particular ID number that tells you the story of your particular bottle.  This particular Cuvee was a blend of 134 different wines from 12 different vintages ranging from 1990-2005, it's amazing the amount of care and craft that goes into this wine, but it shows!  My dad's favorite word to use is "elegant" and I think that sums up Krug perfectly.

We paired the champagne with two cheeses from Murray's - a cow's milk quadrello di' bufallo and a goat's milk chevre.  The richness from the fat in the cheese paired perfectly with the bright, crisp bubbles.  I threw in some dried figs and strawberries to round out the pairing.  

The perfect start to the night - more birthday weekend updates to come!

Wine:  Krug Grande Cuvee Champagne
Purchased:  Present from Dad
Price:  $199 retail
Would buy again: Yes, special occasions only obviously!

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Wine Wednesdays - 2012 Fanny Sabre Aligote

Last weekend I shared a bottle of white Burgundy at one of my favorite NY restaurants, the Spotted Pig.  It was a 2012 Aligote by Fanny Sabre from the Pommard area outside of Beaune in Burgundy.

We were surprised by the lightness in both color and body; my typically Sauv Blanc-drinking dinner companion was pleasantly surprised that she enjoyed a white Burgundy so much!  Bright acidity, but balanced with fruit and a smooth mouthfeel, the wine cut through the richness of our burger and salty rosemary fries!

Aligote is definitely not the primary grape grown in Burgundy (that would be Chardonnay) but upon further research, Aligote is often known as the "locals varietal".  It is gaining more and more popularity as winemakers continue to play with the varietal.  I'll be sure to keep my eye out for this producer and others of Aligote while in Burgundy at the end of the month!   

Wine:  2012 Fanny Sabre Aligote
Purchased:  The Spotted Pig, NYC
Price:  $45 on restaurant wine list, had trouble finding retail price
Would buy again: Yes

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