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Domaine Daulny 2016 Sancerre

Wine Wednesday is recommended to us by Micheal Teer at Pike & Western Wine. Every so often at the end of my work week, which typically finishes up at my Market shop, I will enjoy a glass of wine with some of my 86 Pine framily–Peg, Camilla & Emily. This was a ‘you fly, I buy’ bottle Cam picked up for us at the end of a busy day, knowing I love crisp white wine. A glass was perfect then, without food, and I enjoyed a glass last evening with dinner. Around 20 bucks it is pretty darn perfect and has quite a bit going on.

From my Google searching, as you all know I prefer to leave the ‘wine speak’ to the experts: The classique cuvée from Etienne Daulny is made with grapes coming from his fifty or so parcels around Verdigny including some in Perriers, Mont Damnés and Chaudenay. Aged purely in stainless-steel tanks, this is bright and pure–just the way we like our sauvignon blanc, with grassy notes, citrus fruits, and hints of blackcurrant bud. Those who favor nervy, taut Sauvignon Blanc will love this tangy version. The palate is crisp and fresh with beautiful minerality.



 

 

Cassoulet To Go from Café Campagne

OK, you know you must really like something quite a bit when you write about it twice. Know I am smiling as I type this, but you must also know you have a 54 year old brain when you forget that you have written about it in the past… When Google searching with a question this early morning, my prior post from 2015 popped up. What a lovely post! Again, insert smile. Anywho, I love it so much it deserves a second showing. Café Campagne ‘Cassoulet To Go’ is one of my favorite take-away treats to serve at home on a chilly eve, and is our Wine & Dine Wednesday yummy post for the week. Chef Daisley Gordon has served the same cassoulet recipe for close to 25 years. Gordon’s variation uses two sizes of white beans to create an appealing texture, adding housemade morsels of sausage and duck confit. Add a salade verte, haricots verts, a baguette slathered in butter, your favorite red, and off you go. Perfect for two or order extra and host the easiest, yummiest small dinner party ever. That they are my neighbors at 86 Pine Street in the Market means you can pop in and say a quick ‘hi’ after you run in to pick up your order. Happy mid-week everyone! 



 

 

Les Jamelles Malbec 2015

Wine Wednesday is a bottle of Les Jamelles Malbec 2015. Gotta say, I was pretty swayed by that stellar label while I perused the wine selection at our new fab neighbors at the First & Spring shop, Cone & Steiner. We are big Malbec fans in the Watson Sive household, so I am always happy to find a new easy wine to have with a simple week-night meal. A little bit of backstory from web searching.

Tasting Notes
: This elegant, ruby colored wine tinged with red boasts a spicy nose with hints of licorice and notes of red and black fruit. It is soft and well-structured on the palate with solid fruity flavors and fine tannins that give this wine its elegant length. This Malbec is the ideal match for Mediterranean cuisine, pizza, couscous and tagines, as well as assorted meats, cheeses and grilled red meats. It is also delicious with chocolate. 

History: Les Jamelles Cépage Rare collection which is aimed at introducing wine lovers to a selection of heritage, forgotten, or little-known varietals that make up the viticultural heritage of southern France. These wines are the result of a long quest that allowed us to discover vineyards in which the vines thrive and flourish. We learned to determine their optimal yields and how to best vinify the grapes.

Origin: 
Malbec, is said to have originated in France’s Quercy region and the vineyards of Cahors. It was then introduced into the Gironde and Touraine regions around 1810. It resulted from a cross between Magdeleine Noire des Charentes and Prunelard. It is the main varietal used in the Cahors area of appellation as well as being cultivated in the Bordeaux region. 

Character: 
This early-ripening grape yields very fruity, aromatic, deeply colored wines that are rich in tannins and well-suited to ageing. It is often used for the production of rosé wines. This rather capricious varietal needs to be able to reach full maturity. It expresses its full potential when grown in poor soils. Although it can produce 80 to 100 hectolitres per hectare, it produces its best quality wines when yields are limited.

Terroir: 
Malbec is rare in the Languedoc region. However, we discovered two very different vineyards whose 30-year-old vines produce low yields of high quality grapes. These vineyards, whose surface area is approximately one hectare, are located in the Languedoc area of appellation where the earth is very warm and strewn with galets (rounded stones). These grapes give depth and color to the wine, with their tangy red berry flavor, lend finesse and freshness.



 

 

Le Jacquard Francais Special Offer for WK 

Very excited to announce this incredibly generous offer extended to our customers from our beloved Le Jacquard Francais in France. Order one of their tablecloths by November 5th from us and receive as their gift, napkins to match. Depending on the size tablecloth, it will be 2, 4 or 6 napkins. We had the great pleasure years back to visit their factory and watch the linens being created. It was such an awesome experience and we left with an even greater appreciation for the amazing detail of their work. These truly are heirloom quality. Contact Barb@WatsonKennedy.com with questions or to place your order if this is of interest to you. 



 

 

Les Gardettes Rosé

Wine Wednesday brings a new rosé to my ever-expanding roster of French varieties. My eye went right to that label, being a lover of all things crown related, which was the first thing that grabbed me. Our island grocer stocks wines both high & low, but there is always a heavy concentration of rosé this time of year under $20, which is hits the sweet spot for me for the beloved pink. So in the basket it went to be enjoyed for a dinner for two under the umbrellas on what has turned out to be a stupendous city and island July.

From the maker: Named after the two guardian towers of the castle, Les Gardettes is the entrance to the castle and to the Montfaucon range of wines. Concentrated in both color and flavor, the Les Gardettes rosé delivers a healthy dose of French relaxation just like good rosé should. This blend of Cinsault, Counoise and Grenache is a true rosé de saignée (French for “bleed”) where some of the wine is removed from the vat leaving a smaller amount of wine left to bleed with the skins which intensifies color, tannins and concentration. Les Gardettes is full of strawberry, peach and other stone fruit flavors supported by good acidity and freshness.



 

 

A Stellar Rosé Trio, All Under $20

Wine Wednesday is a trio of rosé that are the top of my list when I am looking for bottles under 20 bucks. So often we are serving rosé for a crowd, so it is nice to able to get a nice assortment without breaking the bank. The above three never disappoint. French rosé has a special place in my heart, especially when it is pale, pale pink. I have written about each of these three singly but wanted to give them a shout-out again, this time as a grouping. They make for a festive little wine tasting at your next gathering. Nothing overly serious, just a fun way for folks to mingle, pour themselves a glass, and mingle some more. It is also a great way to keep guests quite happy if you need to step away to tend to further meal prep. Triennes, Domaine de Fontsainte (brought into the States by Kermit Lynch of Berkeley, of which I am a huge fan), and AIX. When in doubt if you are standing in the wine aisle, grab one or all three of these bottles for an exceptionally good pink option/options.



 

 

A Quick Redisplay

The concept of redisplay is not all that much different in the shops as it is for all of us in our home. Whether it be a bookshelf or a tabletop, the same thought process I use when doing a display can be interchangeable.  In the above case, I did not want an entirely different look.  I was just looking to refresh what was already there, by adding some new items and taking away some of what was already there. This also allowed me to dust a bit, as I moved things around.  So when all was said and done, it was not only refreshed but it was cleaned–a two in one, in my mind.  It can take little to no time at all, but the results can freshen up parts of your home, always a delight as we move into a new year.  



 

 

A Sea of Mariage Frères Tea

It is always a happy day when our Holiday order of Mariage Frères tea lands in Seattle from Paris.  I get updates along the way once it is picked up at the warehouse, what flight it is on, once it has landed, when it has cleared customs, and finally when it will be delivered to the shop.  Kind of like waiting on the arrival of an old friend coming to visit.  

Once it is delivered, it is a half days work by a group of us unpacking, pricing, stocking, back stocking and then displaying all that glorious tea.  Sort of a ‘whistle while you work’ mode as we are all so happy it has arrived safe & sound.  This year we are excited to offer the full range of NOEL teas.  Perfectly timed for the Holiday Kick-off Open House this Saturday.  The beautifully deeply hued boxes and tins a very stylishly French gift to give this season.  Add to that our ever growing grouping of honey and various tea-centric goods and the display is once again nice and full waiting to be enjoyed by all our Mariage Frères loving fans.



 

 

Green Tomato Jam

This is magic in a jar.  I stumbled upon this Green Tomato Jam in the booth of one of our vendors awhile back who imports French goods to the States. Boy am I lucky I did.  We have had a jar of this going for several months now and I can’t get enough of it, it is so good.  A dollop of this with a piece of cheese on a cracker or baguette is heaven.  The slightly sweet and yet tart of the tomato jam melding with the cheese is really quite something.  We have served this combo to guests over the last few months to much delight.  Plus I love the look of the bottle, so I put it right on the cheese board.  It is not yet on our website, but if it tickles your fancy always feel free to give us a ring at the shop at 800.991.9361.  

A lovely, lovely Thursday to you…



 

 

Albert Ponnelle Bourgogne Réserve De La Chèvre Chardonnay

Yes, the bottle got me, I will freely admit that.  Come on, look at how amazing every detail is!  The wire netting, the fonts, and the goat sealed the deal.  Plus I knew what was inside would be equally as stellar as this bottle is imported by my friends who are customers of WK at Peloton Imports.  I have been searching for more wine options to share on Wine Wednesday that can be enjoyed by many as they ship so you can just click on the link at the end of the entry if you end up not finding this tasty Chardonnay in your neighborhood grocer or wine shop.

From their site:  Albert Ponnelle is an estate and a negociant with deep roots in Burgundy. Pierre-Lazare Ponnelle founded the business in Beaune in 1870, and today the estate is run by Pierre Ponnelle, the fifth generation of the family to take the helm. The Bourgogne Réserve de la Chèvre Noire wines come from the Cote de Beaune and Cote de Nuits. They are partly aged in oak barrels. The names of the wines are an affectionate nod to an old regional tale about a famous black goat who was known for drifting from the herd to snack on choice grapes in the best vineyards. Each year Albert Ponnelle creates a Chardonnay and a Pinot Noir under the Chèvre Noir label as an homage to the black goat with a connoisseur’s taste.

Gold in color with a fine sheen and brilliance. The nose is forward with notes of lemon, baked pear, vanilla bean and a hint of caramel/butterscotch. Possessing a medium-full body, this is well-rounded and soft on the approach. Lemon and mineral shows on the forefront with finishing notes of Tart Tatin, Crème Anglaise and graceful acidity.  Peloton Imports