I’ve been reminded by many of you that we’re long overdue for a wine dinner. And some, in particular, have requested we do something like the Chablis Clambake we did a few years back. So, in the interest of pleasing as many of you as possible, as well as feature a new local importer, we’re taking it back out to the patio for a party.
Unlike our usual format, this is not a course-by-course affair, but rather an array of really tasty seafood dishes with some unique French whites that we feel will pair well across the board. After all, these are delicious and versatile wines, some of which you may not be familiar with, so why not show off how well they pair with a variety of foods?
The culinary theme for the dinner will be France-meets-Asia-meets-low country boil, taking Vietnamese dishes (which are, by origin, an Asian-French fusion), adding a few more riffs, and coming up with something really fun. Starting with an Asian twist on the classic Provencal sandwich Pain Bagnat and finishing with a delicious, curry-spiced seafood boil.
So, a bit about Laure and her company Queen of Wines. She is rather new to the scene here and focuses on family-owned French wineries, many of whom she has gone back with for many years. Her palate is impeccable and she takes the job of educating the customer very seriously. Even her back labels include a well-done and illustrative description of what style of wine it is, and what it goes best with. I’m sure she’ll be a wonderful hostess for this event.
“Pain Bagnat” | poached tuna salad, Chinese olives, marinated vegetables, herbs, crusty bread
Blue crab salad rolls with dipping sauce
Grilled, stuffed calamari | ground pork, chopped shrimp, wood ear mushrooms, black vinegar
Curried low country boil | North Carolina white shrimp, clams, grouper, potatoes
Les Cordeliers Brut Exclusive | AOC Cremant de Bordeaux (Blanc de Noir of Cabernet Franc)
Les Chais du Lavieu Apremont | AOC Vin De Savoie (Jacquiere)
Guillemard- Pothier "La Motte" | AOC Hautes-Cotes de Beaune (Chardonnay blend)
Sick-Dreyer Sylvaner | AOC Vin D’Alsace (Sylvaner)
Domaine de Grandmaison | AOC Pessac-Leognan (Sauv Blanc, Semillion, Sauv Gris)