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Rhone Blend - White
J. Vidal Fleury Cotes du Rhone - $15.99
Rhone Blend - White
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Mozzarella, Feta, Goat Cheese, Ricotta, Swiss
Poultry & Eggs
Chicken or Turkey, Chinese Chicken Salad, Roast Game Hen
Asparagus, Asparagus Quiche
Fruits & Nuts
Citrus Fruits, Mango Salsa
Salad, Greek Salad, Nicoise Salad, Tomato
Fish or Shellfish
Ceviche, Shellfish (scallops, clams, crab, lobster, shrimp, etc...), Soft-shelled Crab, Catfish, Dover Sole, Red Snapper, Tilapia, Walleye, Sea Bass, Pan-fried Trout, Salmon with Lemon, Grouper / Swordfish, Monkfish, Ligurian Fish Soup
Herbs & Spices
Anise, Fennel Seed, Tarragon, Basil, Cilantro, Coriander, Curry, Dill, Thyme
Côtes du Rhône
This region in the Rhone Valley makes light- to medium-bodied reds from the Grenache, Mourvédre, and Carignan grapes, and provides the world with some of its best inexpensive wines. Some wines are labeled Côtes du Rhône-Villages, which indicates higher quality. These wines can be earthy with a good deal of raspberryish fruit.
France is the standard bearer for all the world’s wines, with regard to the types of grapes that are used to make wine and with the system of defining and regulating winemaking. Its Appellation d’Origine Controlee, or AOC system, is the legislative model for most other European countries. Most French wines are named after places. The system is hierarchical; generally the smaller and more specific the region for which a wine is named, the higher its rank. There are four possible ranks of French wine, and each is always stated on the label: Appellation Contrôlée (or AOC), Vin Délimité de Qualité Supérieure (or VDQS); Vin de pays, or country wine; and Vin de table. France has five major wine regions, although there are several others that make interesting wines. The three major regions for red wine are Bordeaux, Burgundy, and the Rhone; for white wines, the regions are Burgundy, the Loire and Alsace. Each region specialized in certain grape varieties for its wines, based on climate, soil, and local tradition. Two other significant French wine regions are Provence and Languedoc-Roussillon, both in the south of France. Cahors, in the southwest of the country, produces increasingly good wines.
Located in southeastern France, between the city of Lyon and the region of Provence, this area’s sunny and hot growing season is reflected in its full-bodied wines. In the southern Rhone, the Grenache grape makes wines that are high in alcohol and low in tannin. The most famous wine from the southern Rhone is Châteauneuf-du-Pape. This blended red wine can contain as many as thirteen grape varieties, but most often includes Grenache, Mourvèdre, and Syrah. It is full-bodied, rich and ripe. In the northern Rhone, most wines are made from the Syrah grape and are rich and full-bodied. Two of the best are Côte Rôtie, which is soft, fruity, and can carry the flavors of green olives and raspberries, and Red Hermitage, which is a complex, tannic wine that should develop for several years, and can be aged for thirty years or more.
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