Wine, Cheese & Salt: Made in France, Made with Love

wine, chess. grisinis, wine, chess and saltToday’s post is one of those that I want to write calmly. Enjoying a glass of Beaujolais while having some grissini with blue cheese: the real one, made in France, made with loveFrech cheeses and wines, wines, cheese and saltThat’s exactly what I’m doing now, after opening the goodies the French Ministry of Agriculture sent me last week: wine, cheese & salt. Made in France, made with love. Oh la la! Yes you’re right: four bottles of wine from two regions, Beaujolais and Loire, two varieties of cheese from Normandy and Auvergne, and two different sea salts: from the Mediterranean and a very rare grey sea salt from Guerandes.La Baleine sea salt, salt, grey salt, wine, cheese and sea saltCan somebody pinch me? After two weeks grilling intensively developing recipes to celebrate the Fourth of July, now I’m ready to celebrate Bastille Day this coming July 14th with a toast to France, the country of the savoir faire and savor vivre, where my great-grandfather was born (hence my last name Lemoine,) and where “made in France” really means made with love.wine. cheese and salt, saint andre cheeseFollowing is a description of my goodies: all made in France, made with love, all available and surprisingly affordable in the U.S., perfect for a Bastille Day celebration or a summer picnic, because, after all: who doesn’t love a good piece of cheese with a glass of wine? I know I do!

George Duboeuf Beaujolais-Villages 2015. Made from 100% Gamay grapes, Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais-Villages opens with notes of ripe strawberry and black currant. On the palate, it brings notes of cherries and raspberries, a smooth velvety mouth feel and a touch of cinnamon at the end. It’s a versatile wine, great pairing for cheese and charcuterie, burgers, grilled chicken or roast salmon. Best served lightly chilled. Retail Price range: $9.99-$12.99beaujolais, red wine, poring red wine, wine. cheese and salt Georges Duboeuf Pouilly-Fuissé 2015. Made from 100% Chardonnay, the grape from the Southern part of Burgundy. Pouilly-Fuissé, as a region, is famous for its white wines that offer incredible value compared to French  pricier white Burgundies. Aromas of roasted almonds, peach and pear on the nose lead to a wine that’s beautifully structured with flinty minerality and a long lasting finish. Very food-friendly but also great to enjoy on its own. Retail Price range: $24.99 – $34.99.wine cork, French wine cork, wine, cheese & salt Marie de Beauregard Vouvray 2015. Appellation Vouvray (Loire Valley), France. 100% Chenin Blanc. Beautiful pale gold color with some bluish tints. On the nose, mineral expression of chalk and flint followed by a burst of ripe pear, acacia honey, candied fruits and lemon. The palate has a beautiful balance of freshness and sweetness with a silky texture. Retail Price: $19.99.blue cheese, French blue cheese, wine, cheese & saltMarie de Beauregard Chinon 2015. Appellation Chinon (Loire Valley), France. 100% Cabernet Franc. The wine is barrel aged for 9 months. This wine has a beautiful garnet color with purple reflections. The nose is fruity with aromas of blackberry and cassis, perfectly blended with woody notes. The palate is well balanced with silky tannins elegantly bearing notes of stewed sweet spices, highlighted with a hint of vanilla. Retail Price: $19.99.blue cheese, French blue cheese, wine. cheese & saltSaint André soft cheese is rich as pure butter. This soft ripened triple cream cheese gets its salty tang from the ocean air that blows through Normandy’s coastal pastures. A lactic recipe with a rich “heart” that turns smooth and creamy as the cheese ages. Great pairing with Loire Valley wines, champagne or white beer. Excelent for cheese boards with fruits and crackers. Retail price: $19.99/lb.bowl of salada, grilled peaches, nuts and French Blue cheese salad, wine cheese & saltSt. Agur. A unique and intense blue cheese with a smooth buttery finish. It’s  rich in butterfat (double crème), with a true blue character and creaminess. This cheese is great in salads, over steak and potatoes or plain on a cheese board. Perfect with pears, bacon, or served with fresh baguette. Côtes du Rhône or heavier wine like Cabernet Sauvignon. On recipes. it’s very nice on pasta, steak, potatoes and pizza. Retail price: $22.99/lb.

For information about La Baleine sea salt, and the recipe of the vibrant and elegant salad on the picture, please stay tuned for my coming posts.

Please follow Georges Duboef French wines on Facebook and Instagram.

Please visit Saget Le Perriere French wines website.

Please visit Ile de France cheese website.

Please visit La Baleine Sea Salt website.

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