Wine Pairings for

Wonderful Wednesdays

Rae’s Place Fine Wine Boutique has partnered up with 1717 Deluxe Events and their Wonderful Wednesdays Dinner Delivered program to pair wines with there chef driven weekly menus.

~First Course~

Simple Mixed Greens

Roasted Garlic Vinaigrette

~Wine Pairing~

I guess you could pair just about anythig with this dish but since Chef’s tippin the cap to Mrs. Julia Childs, let’s go big and French right out the gates.

NV

Champagne Palmer & Co.

Brut Reserve

Reims, France

39.99

This wonderful bubble is comprised of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Munier from Premier and Grand Cru vineyards. It blends citrus and stone fruits balanced by toasty, buttery brioche notes. This is one of the best Champagnes we’ve tried, to date, and is only the third one we’ve decided to carry. We think you’ll really like this.

~First Main Course~

Deluxe Bouillabaisse with Piquillo Pepper Rouille

Lobster Stock * White Fish * Shrimp * Mussels * Calamari * Bay Scallops * Saffron

~Wine Pairing~

This is one of my favorite French dishes. A simple fish stew that’s hard to get right. For this dish, I’m pairing one of my favorite Chardonnays.

2015

Patrice Rion

Bourgogne Blanc

Burgundy, France

$25.99

This is a great small production Bourgogne Blanc (600 cases) that hits all the right notes. Apples and pears up front with toasty notes from the oak, round notes from the lees and that textbook minerality with just a hint of lemon curd on the finish. An absolute stunner and one of our farovites in the shop.

~Second Main Course~

Julia Child’s Coq Au Vin

Lardons * Pearl Onions * Assorted Mushrooms

~Wine Pairing~

An absolute classic from Julia. Long cooked chicken with red wine, bacon, and mushrooms. I like a medium red for this. Sometimes Pinot Noir can be too light and Cabernet can be too big. We have a great wine that stays on task and fits right in the middle.

2017

Paul Jaboulet

Gigondas

Red Blend

Rhone Valley, France

$23.99

Gigondas is a neighboring town to Chateauneuf du Pape. Similarly, they too use Grenache as the backbone to their reds. This particular wine also has a little Syrah and Mouvedre mixed in for color, structure and depth. This wine has a mix of tart and ripe fruit with a pop of tannin and finishes with soft, earthy notes. It will handle everything the Coq Au Vin throws at it, without overpowering the star of the show.

~Third Main Course~

Leek, Spinach & Gruyere Quiche

Shallots * Haricot Vert * Nutmeg

~Wine Pairing~

Quiche is such a great Summer dish, I’m already thinking about adding the simple mixed greens to the plate and calling it a day. I want a wine that embodies the light handed nature of this dish and compliments it elements.

2018

Chateau de Thauvernay

Sancerre

Loire Valley, France

$18.99

This is a textbook Sancerre, clean minerality with grassy notes and good acidity. Perfect for this quiche and warm summer days with friends.

~Single Bottle Recommendations~

If you’re looking for single bottle recommendations, look below. Often times there will be a wine in the pairings that will work well with just about everything.

If you’re looking for a single chillable bottle that can work with everything, go with the following:

NV Champagne Palmer & Co.

$39.99

I have a few reasons to make this my go to chillable. One, we are celebrating an icon of French Cuisine and this is the best way. Two, this wine is amazing and will be so, no matter its pairing.

If you’re looking for a red that will walk the line, you may want to try the following:

2017 Paul Jaboulet Gigondas

$18.99

We chose this red because it has enough balance to work well for those who only drinks reds. A good red Burgundy would work well here if you prefer. The Patrice Rion Bourgogne Rouge is an amazing counterpart to the Blanc. 

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