A Look Back At Lucky Rice [EVENTS]

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This year, we had the pleasure of partnering with the fine folks at Lucky Rice, an Asian food festival featuring regional chefs from across the nation. While at first glance, Bordeaux Wines and Asian cuisine might seem like a peculiar pairing, attendees were surprised and delighted to find how the range of balanced, fresh and crisp Bordeaux whites complimented the flavors, aromas and spices often found in Asian fare. 

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 We had a great time with Lucky Rice in New York, San Francisco, Las Vegas and Miami! Though the journey may be over, you can try this delicious pairing at home any time. Sift through some of our Lucky Rice inspired recipes here or here and find one below from Mr. Chow’s in Miami! 

Scallion Pancakes
Try this classic Chinese scallion pancake and pair with a Bordeaux white. Condiments like Soy Sauce or Sriracha will enhance the flavors.
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Ingredients
  1. 9 scallions, thinly sliced
  2. 1/4 cup sesame oil
  3. 1 tsp salt
  4. 1 package phyllo, thawed
  5. All-purpose flour, as needed
  6. Melted butter
Instructions
  1. Mix scallions with sesame oil and the salt. Place one layer of phyllo on work surface and brush with melted butter. Add another layer and repeat with butter. Sprinkle with scallions and repeat with another two layers until you have 10 layers total of phyllo. Repeat whole process until you have used all scallions and phyllo. Slice the large pancakes into smaller squares and bake in 400 degree oven for 15-20 minutes until golden brown.
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Sauternes As Your Thanksgiving Aperitif

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

13.11.26 Sauternes

Though Sauternes, Bordeaux’s signature sweet white wine, is often described as a dessert wine, it is in fact a perfect complement to certain savory and spicy dishes. For instance, the French regularly pair this golden, sweet wine with distinct ingredients such as foie gras and sharp cheese. Sauternes also makes for a fantastic aperitif and a great way to set the mood for a special occasion. 

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Kick off your Thanksgiving dinner with a surprising little twist and blow your dinner guests away. Below, find a few tips on how to serve Sauternes as an aperitif. If you don’t already have aperitif size stemware in your collection, this might be a nice excuse to do so. 

If you don’t already have aperitif size stemware in your collection, this might be a nice excuse to do so. 

Chill the Sauternes in advance. It’s best served around 45-50 degrees Farenheit which is about 10 to 15 degrees warmer than your fridge. 

Sauternes is a sipping wine. You don’t need to pour a lot of it, which is why you can often find it in a half bottle size. Consider pouring about half a regular glass worth.

If you really want to tickle the palette, serve a spread of sharp cheese like Roquefort for guests to nibble on as they sip! 

We recommend two Sauternes from this year’s Today’s Bordeaux selection. Find them at your local retailer or simply ask your wine clerk for Sauternes! 

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Château Piada 2006

 

 

White Wines for Thanksgiving

FILED UNDER: Holidays, Know Your Bordeaux

13.11.22 Thanksgiving Whites

As you prepare for the biggest dinner of the year (hint: Thanksgiving), the last thing you want to stress over is what wines to serve with what course. New York Times wine writer Eric Asimov put it best in his recent Thanksgiving post:

“No matter how much you decide to spend on wine, serving a myriad of sweet and savory foods to a large group is no time to fuss about matching particular bottles with individual flavors; it’s pointless. Instead, simply look for wines that are versatile, nimble enough to go well with a diversity of dishes. You’ll want to offer at least a white and a red, and you’ll want plenty of each. Nothing is worse than running out of wine, except running out of food. Figure a bottle per adult.”

To make your life easier, we’ve put together a list of our Top 10 Affordable Bordeaux Whites that will please the white wine lovers in your party and pair with many of the native flavors of a Thanksgiving spread. Look for them at your local retailer or simply ask your wine keep for a Bordeaux red suggestion! 

Château Haut Selve White Crisp, refreshing and well balanced with hints of lemon.

Château Sainte Marie A simple and clean dry white that will satisfy the white wine lover.

Barton & Guestier Passeport  Keep it clean, a sweet Sauternes to pair with fresh fruit. 

Château d’Uza Blanc Here’s the fruity white Bordeaux you’ve been looking for.

Château Les Clauzots An award winning white to pair with soft and hard cheeses, cooked or raw. 

Mouton Cadet A fresh, tropical white to go with salads or really, whatever. 

La Mouliniere White Make this your apertif for the evening. 

Château Mézain A medium bodied white perfect for savory dishes.

Château Fonfroide A blend of 4 grape varietals, try it with salads, fish, or smoked salmon. 

Château Piada Another award winner to have with your bird. 

 

An Ode to Sweet Sauternes

FILED UNDER: Appellations, Buying & Choosing Wine, Grapes, White Wine, Wine 101

13.10.30 Sauternes

Sauternes is a French sweet wine from the namesake appellation within the Graves section of Bordeaux. Championed by Dutch master traders during the 17th century, Sauternes is made from a blend of Sémillon, Sauvignon Blanc and Muscadelle grapes. Its rich golden color and signature sweetness is achieved by an infestation of Botrytis or more commonly referred to as, noble rot.

Noble Rot

During the process of noble rot, wine grapes are left to ripen and then rot. Ideally, the grapes are dried out to an almost raisin like state and have retained high concentrations of sugar before they are harvested for sweet wine production.

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The wines of Sauternes attained the pinnacle of the Bordeaux hierarchy in the 19th century, as attested by their inclusion in the famous 1855 classification – the only region in Bordeaux other than the Médoc to receive this special honor. That said, you don’t need to have Château d’Yquem‘s First Growth wines to experience the unique taste and quality of Bordeaux’s signature sweet wine. You can find two affordable Sauternes options here or simply ask your local wine store professional if they carry sweet Bordeaux.

Contrary to popular misconception, sweet white wines are not meant to be served with desserts only. In fact, they are delicious as an apertif and can compliment many different types of flavors. However, it’s probably best to avoid too sweet or too spicy. We suggest pairing with blue or Roquefort cheeses, Duck á l’orange, a poultry tagine or the Bordelais favorite Sauternes pairing, Foie gras.  For more Sauternes pairing ideas, check out this article from Food & Wine.