Bordeaux’s Back At Dîner En Blanc!

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DanielShotThis@Bordeaux - Diner en Blanc_0090We’re thrilled to announce that we’ll be back at Dîner En Blanc NYC for the second year in a row! For those not in the know, Dîner En Blanc is the world’s largest and arguably most mysterious, members only pop-up dining experience. Hosted in cities across the globe, thousands of diners dressed in white descend on a public location to dine, dance then dash.

For this year’s New York City event, to be held on Monday, August 25th, we’ll be providing a selection of red, white and rosé Bordeaux wines for diners to pair with their picnic baskets. Bordeaux is an easy and obvious choice when it comes to pairing picnic staples like cheese, charcuterie, pasta salads and sandwiches. 

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Whether you’re attending or want to host a Dîner En Blanc of your own, here’s our step by step guide on how to get your picnic game on point. 

Tables and Chairs

Diners are required to bring their own tables and chairs to the event. Dîner En Blanc organizers offer a few suggestions on where to rent or buy here. But, we recommend this bistro table and chair set from Amazon that fits the mood and feel of the evening. Add to that a white linen table cloth that will really elevate your set up! 

Table Setting

Get creative! Flowers, candles, led lights. Check out our Dîner En Blanc Pinterest Board for inspiration. 

Ensemble

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Scrambling to find your best all white ensemble? Our advice is to accessorize. For example, simple white t-shirt and jeans can be done up with a white feather boa, floppy hat, or even a pair of white wayfarers

Wines

Wines

 

This year, we’ve selected two dry whites, one rosé and one red from our arsenal of wines to pair with your picnic fare. Find these wines or ask for something similar at your local wine store. 

La Fleur d’Amélie, Bordeaux AOC 2011 – Dry White - 30% Sémillon, 70% Sauvignon Blanc

Tasting Notes: Passion fruit, herbs, complex, rich, grassy.

Château de Cérons, Graves 2013 – Dry White – 45% Sauvignon Blanc, 45% Sémillon, 10% Sauvignon Gris

Tasting Notes: Vaguely tropical flavors of mango with hint of lemongrass, appealing round texture.

Les Hauts de Smith, Bordeaux 2013 – Rosé - 70% Sauvignon Blanc, 30% Merlot

Tasting Notes:  Elegant floral aromas on the nose. On the palate, the wine is fresh and lingering with notes of grapefruit and complex flowers

Clos Magne Figeac, Saint-Emilion 2010 - Red - 78% Merlot, 22% Cabernet Franc

Tasting Notes: Elegant, black currant, rich, concentrated, youthful, oakey.

Food

The beauty of the wines we’ve curated for Dîner En Blanc are that they are versatile and easy drinking enough to pair with just about anything in your picnic basket. 

We suggest starting with an array of cheeses from soft and creamy to hard and buttery. The Graves white will pair beautifully with a hard and round cheese, while our Merlot blend will work well with a stinky blue. Of course, don’t forget a nice French baguette to go along with your fromage!

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Pasta salads are a nice and easy dish for al fresco dining and should pair wonderfully with the rosé on offer. Bon Appetit offers some great advice on how to do a cold pasta salad right. 

Olive Tapenade

 

We’re a big supporter of dips and spreads. Check out Food & Wine’s Top 10 Picnic recipes for more details on the mouthwatering olive tapenade pictured above. 

Don’t Forget The Fun 

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8 Red Bordeaux For Your Summer BBQ

FILED UNDER: Buying & Choosing Wine, Know Your Bordeaux

8 Bordeaux Reds

While summer is the season for white Bordeaux, let’s not forget that red wines are just as good in the warmer months, too. Affordable red Bordeaux blends are the perfect compliment to just about anything you can throw on the grill from mushrooms to chicken, shrimp to steak. Check out these 8 Bordeaux reds from Today’s Bordeaux 2014 to try this weekend! 

 

Bordeaux2014_61-LesPortesDeBordeaux-100x300-IMG_8389Les Portes de Bordeaux

90% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc

Price: $10.99

Tasting note: Soft, smooth and structured.

A classic Bordeaux blend perfect with anything from burgers to steak.

 

 

 

 

  

Bordeaux2014_51-BoisPethuis-100x300-IMG_8322Chateau Bois Pertuis

93% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Sauvignon

Price: $13.99

Tasting note: Fruity and easy drinking.

Try BBQ or grilled chicken with this light red. 

 

 

 

 

  

Bordeaux2014_27-LaFleurDamelie-100x300_IMG_8204La Fleur d’Amelie 

78% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon,  7% Cabernet Franc

Price: $15

Tasting notes: Fruity and easy drinking. 

Try pairing with grilled portabello!

 

 

 

 

 

Bordeaux2014_45-FleurdeLisse-100x300-IMG_8273Chateau Fleur de Lisse 

70% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Franc

Price: $19.99

Tasting note: Soft, smooth and structured.

Step up your BBQ Brisket with this pairing. 

 

 

 

 

Bordeaux2014_57_SaintGlinglin-100x300-IMG_8358Saint-Glinglin Carte Verte

100% Merlot

Price: $19.99

Tasting note: Fruity and easy drinking.

A red for your grilled seafood, specifically shrimp or tuna. 

 

 

 

 

 

Bordeaux2014_49-FrancBaudron-100x300-IMG_8309Château Franc Baudron

80% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon

Price: $20

Tasting note: Soft, smooth and structured.

An easy pairing with grilled flank or skirt steak. 

 

 

 

 

 

Bordeaux2014_41-Landiras-100x300-IMG_8252Château de Landiras

75% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon

Price: $23.50

Tasting note: Powerful, structured and complex.

Perfect for your aged rib eye.

 

 

 

 

 

Bordeaux2014_43-BaronsDeRotschild-100x300_IMG_8259 Domaines Barons de Rothschild, Lafite, Réserve Spéciale 

82 % Merlot, 14% Cabernet Franc , 4 % Cabernet Sauvignon

Price: $41.99

Tasting note: Soft, smooth and structured.

This wine with a juicy burger off the grill equals an off the charts pairing. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lobster Roll Rumble Los Angeles 2014 [EVENTS]

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Photo by Eric So

Photo by Eric So

On Friday, August 1st, Bordeaux Wines was the official wine sponsor for Tasting Table’s Annual Lobster Roll Rumble West hosted at the Cooper Design Space in Downtown Los Angeles. While French wine and American lobster rolls might not be an obvious pairing, Bordeaux’s dry white and rosé wines are the perfect compliment to this summer sandwich. Crisp, refreshing and easy to drink, value whites and rosés from the region balance the richness from mayo, acid from vinegar and pair with shellfish like a match made in heaven. 

Lobster Rumble Team

Over 1000 guests were treated to lobster rolls from 14 Los Angeles Area vendors, all battling it out for shellfish supremacy. Some of our favorites included rolls from The Taste Of Maine, Lobster Me and Cousins Maine Lobster. The Bordeaux booth was buzzing all night with Le Wine Buff, Ben Mason of Hipster Enology, dolling out knowledge on the white and rosé wines of the region. While the crowd favorite was the Dourthe La Grande Cuveé, a 2012 Bordeaux Rosé available for only $11.99, other honorable mentions included the easy drinking Chateau Ducasse Graves White ($14.99) as well as the Sauvignon Blanc lovers’ choice, Chateau L’Avocat ($14.99). By the end of the night, Cousins Maine Lobster was crowned the winner of the rumble. 

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Recreate you own rumble at home using our recipe for inspiration and paired with the wines poured exclusively at the event. Cheers! 

Lobster Roll Rumble Wine Card

 

Cool It!

FILED UNDER: Know Your Bordeaux

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White and rosé wines are meant to be served chilled. How chilled? Like all things wine related, it boils down to preference. BUT, we suggest white and rosés from Bordeaux to be served at around 43 – 49 degrees or ‘just out of the fridge level’ cool. Why? For lighter bodied whites and rosés, particularly young value Bordeaux, wines show their best with a little chill. 

If you’re lacking time or resources, here are a few tips on how to cool off, quickly!

1. Just A Spoonful of Salt Lets the Sauvignon Blanc Go Down (Chilled)

Through the magic of science, salt speeds up cooling time. Simply rest your warm wine bottle in a bucket of ice and water and add a few tablespoons of Salt. According to Yum Sugar, “Salt reduces the freezing point of water and allows it to become colder without turning into ice, which in turn chills your wine more quickly.” Give the bottle a few spins to speed up the process. 

2. Bounty Your Bordeaux

We’re not sure why this works but we’ve tested it, and it works! Simply drench a paper towel or kitchen towel in water, wrap it around your bottle and place it in the freezer. In just under ten minutes, your white wine should be drink ready. 

3. Fruit Ice

Instead of using ice and horrifying the wine lover in your life, keep some frozen grapes or berries in your freezer to chill down your warm glass of white. 

4. Freezer Packs

If you have a freezer pack and a pitcher, you’re in luck. Make sure both tools are clean, obviously, then place the freezer pack in the pitcher. Run the bottle of wine over the pack, keeping the integrity of the wine intact and cooling down your wine to appropriate temps. 

5. Be Prepared

Given this exact issue, there are a number of products on the market that might come in handy for the future. For instance, the Corkcicle is exactly what you expect it to be, a non toxic freezer gel, shaped like an icicle that takes the hassle out of chilling wine. Or, this neoprene wine jacket that claims to chill wine in 5 minutes and keep it cool for 3 hours!

Do you have a cool wine cooling hack? Let us know in the comments section!

10 White Bordeaux Under $20

FILED UNDER: Buying & Choosing Wine, Know Your Bordeaux, White Wine

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Last June, we unveiled our Today’s Bordeaux selection, an annual list of the top 100 value Bordeaux wines between $10 and $55 dollars. The list, determined by an esteemed jury of wine professionals and educators, represents the range of affordable Bordeaux wines available in the US. For some, a hundred wines may seem a daunting task to navigate. (Tip: Check out our wine selector guide for the wine that’s fit for your occasion!) So, we’re narrowing down the field with a series of wine lists fit for different palates and pocketbooks. 

For summer, we’ve zero-ed in on ten white Bordeaux wines under $20 dollars and most widely distributed across the US. These dry whites are the perfect combination of taste and value. Whether you’re stocking up for a party or looking for an easy, breezy white to sip under a summer sunset, ask for one of these white Bordeaux at your local wine shop!

Bordeaux2014_13-saintGlinglin-IMG_8804Bordeaux2014_17-Bonnet-IMG_8848Chateau Bonnet 2013, Entre-Deux-Mers

50% Sauvignon Blanc, 40% Sémillon, 10% Muscadelle

Price: $11

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bordeaux2014_5-PetitChapeau-IMG_8958Petit Chapeau 2013, Bordeaux

52% Sauvignon Blanc, 38% Sémillon, 10% Muscadelle

Price: $14

 

 

 

 

 

Bordeaux2014_18_PetitFrelon-IMG_8766Château Petit Freylon 2013, Bordeaux

 100% Sauvignon Blanc

Price: $12

 

 

 

 

 

   

Bordeaux2014_19-LaFleurdAmelie-IMG_8797La Fleur d’Amelie 2012, Bordeaux

30% Sémillon, 70% Sauvignon Blanc 

Price: $15

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bordeaux2014_1_Timberlay-IMG_8897 Château Timberlay 2012, Bordeaux

60% Sauvignon Blanc,  40% Sémillon

Price: $17

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bordeaux2014_3-Verdillac-IMG_8919 Verdillac 2013, Bordeaux

100% Sauvignon Blanc

Price: $10

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bordeaux2014_6-Chaubinet-IMG_8949Château Chaubinet 2013, Bordeaux

100% Sauvignon Blanc

Price: $12.99

 

 

 

 

 

Bordeaux2014_14-DeSours-IMG_8824Château de Sours 2012, Bordeaux

90% Sauvignon Blanc, 10% Sémillon

Price: $18

 

 

 

 

 

Bordeaux2014_13-saintGlinglin-IMG_8804Saint-Glinglin 2013, Bordeaux

100% Sauvignon Blanc

Price: $15.99

 

 

 

 

 

 

chateau-tassin-101106748 Château Tassin 2013, Bordeaux

85% Sauvignon Blanc, 15% Sémillon

Price: $39 (4 Bottles In A Box)