Here are your five French wine pairing recommendations, accompanied by the personalities who chose them. Seek them out (the person and the wine) and let them know my column drew you in. You have eight days until la fête du 14-juillet.
Order of wines determined by drawing of names from an old Loire Valley Wine hat by my daughter.
Bay Grape Wine Shop, Napa
Bonnamy Crèmant de Loire Blanc $16
Josiah Baldivino: “Bubbles are your best friend when it comes to food and wine pairings. Not only do they make people want to party on a Wednesday but they are also versatile with all types of foods. This wine is a blend of Chenin Blanc, Chardonnay, and Cabernet Franc. It tastes like fresh-baked apple pie, chamomile and has a saline mineral finish that will keep your palate ready to party!”
Oxbow Wine & Cheese at Oxbow Public Market
La Domitienne Grenache Gris, Languedoc 2020, $14.50
Peter Granoff: “When I read through those classic French recipes I found my mouth watering at the prospect — black olives, garlic, capers, more garlic, anchovies — and more anchovies. It all sounds delicious, and I imagined myself craving a zesty Rosé with enough oomph to slice through all that savory intensity. The 2020 La Domitienne Rosé retails for a mere $14.50, and overdelivers at the price.”