I imagine myself happy in Paris on a sunny afternoon with a crunchy warm baguette, wedge of brie, and a chilly bottle of Sancerre to rinse it down. I'm sitting on a blanket in the Champs de Mers with the Eiffel Tower in the distance, and I'm donning a beret, bien sur.
Since jet setting off to Paris unfortunately won't happen this weekend, I've figured out a way to bring Paris to Salem.
A little background on the wine chosen for this scene...
Sancerre wines are light and drinkable, and food friendly with a delicate, easy-going personality. Located in the eastern Loire Valley, just south of Paris and consisting of three major villages, the vineyards grow Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir grapes only. The mix of direct sunlight, chilly winds, and chalk/limestone/clay soils creates wine profiles much different from other French vineyards growing those same grapes. They have a high natural acidity, much less herb/grassy notes than a New Zealand Sauv Blanc, and are more concentrated than those from Bordeaux (typically blended). Sancerre rosés from Pinot Noir are dry and light bodied, also a rare find around here. To allow the strong fruit prevalence, most Sancerres are unoaked.
So where, you ask, can you find one of these fantastic wines? You would normally have to search high and low, but luckily for you, I've already done the work. Here is proof that you can easily recreate a Parisean afternoon in Salem.
Location: Your favorite Plein Air spot, in the shadow of the lighthouse on Winter Island, Under a tree on Salem Common, your own backyard, use your imagination!
Wines: Cuvée des Moulins Bâles ($20), Alphonse Dolly Cuvée Silex ($25), both from Pamplemousse
Cheese: Vermont Brie, ($9) Milk & Honey
Bread: French Roll, Olive Roll, Ciabattini (A&J King)
PS.. If you feel like going out, and you have a lucky someone to split a bottle with, 62 Restaurant and Wine Bar sells a Sancerre for $57/bottle. Drink it with grilled calamari and fried zucchini blossoms.
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