Got this bottle from a friend in the PR end of wine and agreed to give it a try. I love wines from "Sud-Oeust" especially after learning so much about them a couple years ago at a FI:AF event. Vive Le Sud-Ouest
Diana was out for the evening at a meeting in New York City so I decided to make myself a nice dinner for one and try this wine.
The Wine: Tariquet Classic Côtes de Gascogne $
The Food: Classic French Frissee Salad, Florence Tyler Roasted Chicken
The Place: On the Hudson River in Garrison NY dreaming of the South of France.
This sprightly, bright, playful wine brings spring to mind and none too soon, it has been a long winter here. A blend of classic sud-quest grapes Ugni blanc 45%, Colombard 35%, Sauvignon 10%, Gros Manseng 10%. Don't know these grapes? You should, they are perfect for spring time sipping.
What really knocked me out was the price of this wine, at under $10 it is an incredible value. And that is consistent with the winery owners', the Grassa family, values which "has always adhered to the basic values of rural life. Honesty – never selling a product for more than it is worth."
They also have a strong environmental consciousness. The estate has been in with the Grassa family since 1912 and has survived many difficult years to become the innovative producer they are today.
I made myself a fine dinner to go with this wine.
Frisée Salad with Lardons and Poached Eggs with all local ingredients.
And a fabulous chicken dish from the kitchen of Florence Tyler Pan Roasted Chicken with Mushrooms and Rosemary
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