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Dinner with Faugères

2007 Château St. Roch de Laurens , Faugères, France LCBO# 223865 $18.95

Autumn is the season for the rarest of wine snob events…the wine tasting dinner. You know, the dinners you see advertised on the LCBO’s Vintages website touting amazing wine paired with incredible food for what many consider too high a price. Too many times we have passed up these events as been the bastion of the über wine snob. I say enough! We, the wine drinking masses, must invade this last outpost of the snobby elite for the simple reason that these tasting dinners are the best way to taste some pretty incredible wines at a fraction of the price of buying the wine yourself.

Think about it. The average wine dinner might cost you $250 per person. I agree, that’s a pretty high price for just a dinner, but if you factor in that many of these dinner feature super-premium wine that cost upwards of $100 a bottle at retail (or $200 off the average restaurant wine list) how could you not see this as a deal.

Please don’t misunderstand me. I am not advocating that attending a wine dinner as a regular event, but going to one that features a producer or region that interests you is well worth it. Often these dinners are attended by either the winemaker or the winery owner, which is always educational and frequently entertaining. I guarantee that not only will you come away with a new appreciation of the wines that you have tasted (plus a full belly), but you will undoubted meet people at these events who share your interest in wine…and drinking wine with friends is never a bad thing.

Ok…now I can get off my “wine box” and get to this week’s wine. The 2007 Château St. Roch de Laurens hails from a warm pocket of the Languedoc called Faugères. This is a rustic blend of the three grapes Syrah, Mouvèdre and Grenache. It has big flavours of red berries, prunes, red cherries and classic notes of dried sage. I would recommend pairing it with grilled meat or even meat lasagna. As for cheese, you can try it with Manchego or any other sharp hard cheese.

At $18.95, 2007 Château St. Roch de Laurens is a great wine so share at your own “home-cooked” wine dinner. This is definitely not a snob wine…but that’s just my opinion. Let me know what you think by commenting below.

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Posted by on November 3, 2011 in France, Grenache, Mourvedre, Red Wine, Syrah


There are good things afoot in the South of France

Domaine Cazes “Alter de Cazes”, Côtes du Roussillon, France $19.95 LCBO #097576

When most of us think about French wine, the historic regions of Bordeaux and Burgundy usually jump to mind. Now we might need to add one more. There are wonderful things happening in the south of France! The vineyards of Languedoc and Roussillon are fast becoming one of the most exciting regions in the world. Unlike Bordeaux and Burgundy, these upstart regions are not saddled with the same traditions and rules that govern winemaking. Some of the most exciting and drinkable wines in the world are now being produced by a new generation of young and inspired winemakers. This week’s wine is a great example of this new spirit.

The 2003 Alter de Cazes by Domaine Caze is a well-made blend of the Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre grapes. (Popularly known as GSM wines.) It has smooth flavours of blueberries, blackberry jam, and pepper. According to the winemaker, this wine goes very well with game meat…so everyone grab their shotgun! As for cheese, I would recommend trying it with an aged cheddar.

At $19.95, not only is this wine a great value, but it represents the tip of the iceberg when it comes to finding excellently priced wines from the South of France. I strongly recommend that you begin to discover what this great region has to offer by picking up a couple of bottles of this wine…but that’s just my opinion. Let me know what you think.

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Posted by on February 9, 2009 in France, Grenache, Mourvedre, Red Wine, Syrah

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