I love to entertain! I used to entertain friends and family regularly, but these last few years have gotten busier for Shawn and I which has given us less of an opportunity to welcome guests.
With the warmer weather fast approaching, Shawn and I teamed up with French Ministry of Architecture to create an at home wine tasting for ourselves. The older I get, the more I gain an appreciation for our at home date nights.
I love throwing a small party for the two of us as much as I do for close friends 🙂 I just adore him and our alone time. We always have the best conversations.
On this particular evening, we used the wine tasting date night to also talk through our vacation wish list for the upcoming year. Y’all know how much we love a trip to Mexico, or anywhere tropical, but these last several months he and I have been setting our sites on an escape abroad.
Neither Shawn or I have ever been outside of the US beyond Mexico or the Bahamas and are thrilled to be talking about our wish list in Europe. I have always wanted to spend time with Shawn in the City of Love so it seemed fitting our wine tasting date night be celebrating all things French.
What enhances a good conversation better than a rich, high-quality glass of wine? I’m excited to highlight a few of the ones we experienced from three distinct areas of France: Languedoc, Provence and Alsace.
The 5 wines are all denominations, that guarantees the origin, the diversity and quality of products with a history and tradition behind them.
– Languedoc (Southern France) remains fairly unknown from the public but not from the world of wine experts! Languedoc is one know as one of the most exciting regions to explore for wine enthusiasts.
Popular for it’s affordability and quality, the demand is growing quickly – and I can see why. Both the Mas de Daumas Gassac Red 2015 and Mas de Daumas Gassac Rosé Frizant 2016 come from the region with rich flavor and depth. The Rose was one of my absolute favorites!
Within 40 years the Mas de Daumas Gassac wines have reached the rare status of «cult wine» that is only given to a limited number of exceptional estates in the world.
The estate has been farmed in the traditional and natural way for thousand of years before the Guibert family established the Grand Crus vineyard of the Gassac valley.
Divided into 63 small vineyard plots amongst 9.000 acres of protected forest cultivated without any chemical or pesticide, Mas de Daumas Gassac remains a virgin land farmed with total respect of mother Nature to preserve it’s balance.
The wines form Mas de Daumas Gassac are incomparable to any other and have established a style of their own. There are few wineries on earth that one can point to as being responsible for creating revolutions, let alone in one in a country with as esteemed a wine tradition as France.
- – Provence (Southeastern France) is the main and best French region to produce high quality Rosé. France is the origin of nearly 79% of all U.S. Rosé imports. The Château D’Esclans Whispering Angel Rose has quickly become a favorite that I will enjoy myself and gift. The Rose has great, rich character that can be enjoyed day and night. And, who can resist it’s soft, blush color?
• Alsace (Eastern France, next to German border) is quite unique and utterly distinctive wines, more sweet and crispy. People are often astonished by the quality for the affordable price of Alsace Riesling and Pinot Gris.
Both the Trimbach Riesling 2014 and the Trimbach Pinot Gris Reserve 2013 come from the exceptional terroirs and fine wines of Alsace. The Riesling is composed with fine mineral fragrance with ginger, caraway seed, underripe pineapple and flowers. The flavor is rich with white peach, quince and lemon on the palate with a lingering, clean and dry finish. So incredibly delicious, y’all.
And, what better addition to the wine tasting than with delicious cheese?
If there is one thing Shawn knows about me, it’s my obsession with all things cheese. Anyone else love Brie? Le Châtelain was recently awarded one of the highest honors that can be bestowed upon a cheese: a Gold Medal from France’s biggest food competition, the Concours General Agricole held at the Salon International de l’Agriculture in Paris earlier this year. The brie has a rich, buttery smooth flavor and the perfect spread for crackers or bread.
These ingredients made for the perfect date night with Shawn. Great food, great wine, great conversation and lots of love. 🙂
Have you traveled to France? I’d love to hear your suggestions on travel, favorite foods, things to do – all of it! Be sure to stay tuned for our plans to travel to France to enjoy the rich culture, food and wine for ourselves!