Monthly Archives: June 2011

Plaice with Tomatoes & Basil and Sauvignon Blanc

Tiny tomatoes and a lot of fresh basil make this fish dish a very clean and fresh option. Serving it with broad beans straight from the garden does nothing to compromise that. The fruity and herby flavours that are already … Continue reading

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Thai Prawn Curry and Chilean Riesling

The prawn curry is a straightforward Thai green curry. Not really hot, just a little spicy, but enough to challenge most wines. This is an ideal opportunity to try out the case of Riesling I have just bought – Zarcillo … Continue reading

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Grilled Chicken with Herbs and Beaujolais Villages

I have written about this chicken dish fairly recently. It is distinguished by huge handfuls of fresh herbs and lots of seasonal vegetables, in this case broad beans, peas and a few new carrots. The wine could easily be white, … Continue reading

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Pork Fillet with Apples and a Fleurie

Chunks of pork fillet are fried quickly, a sauce is made in the same pan with cream and Calvados. Apples are sautéed and everything is served together and sprinkled with lots of parsley and tarragon.  D added some mange tout … Continue reading

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Choosing Clarets

The previous post reminds me of my problems in choosing clarets. The French just say ‘there are 3,500 of them, so you are bound to find one you like’. Yes but that’s 10 years of tasting at a bottle a … Continue reading

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What it Says on the Bottle: Interpreting Descriptions

Tonight’s experience of a very good wine that was not what I expected is salutary. I expect a wine with an advised drinking window of 2008 – 2013 to be in very good shape in 2011. Wines do not have … Continue reading

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Lamb Meatballs and Sweet Potatoes

The meal is a family regular combining rich lamb with lots of mint and sweet potatoes, which really are a little sweet, and whole small onions which are also rather sweet. Flatbread or pitta soaks up the juice and contrasts … Continue reading

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