Another wonderful vignette dinner of wines and food parings from the Rhone Valley. And Le Café de Paris did another awesome job. Thank-You Matheiu and your excellent staff!

The photo to the left is one of the wines we had. A 2006 Hect and Bannier Cotes du Roussillon Villages that was rich and smooth. A blend of Grenache, Syrah and Carignon. Full of fruit and well balenced. It was superb with our meal. From the Costco Wine Blog, “… They really did an excellent job balancing the varieties – Grenache, Syrah and Carignan – to create an expressive, rich and velvety wine. It has a beautiful nose that’s smells of (French) quality, with great fruit flavors, and a mild spice on the finish.” Natalie MacLean agrees with this evaluation when she says, “… Terrific notes of cedar, black raspberry, cherry pit and smoke. Full-bodied with supple layers of lasting flavour.”
We also had a 2009 Château Miraval “Clara Lua” that went extremely well with the salad. From K&L Wine Merchant, “Château Miraval’s “Clara Lua” is composed of 95% rolle and 5% grenache blanc. Rolle, which is also know as vermentino in Italy, imparts vibrant citric and slightly leesy nuances, while a touch of grenache blanc provides hints white peach and fresh herb notes. Pairing: Fennel stuffed grilled Bronzino, brandade on crostini, rosemary roasted chicken. Produced from organically grown grapes.” This was a delight with our salad. Here was our great dinner last night. Cheers!

First Course
Salade Lyonnaise
field greens, chicken livers, poached duck egg, bacon, mustard vinaigrette

Second Course
Soupe a l’Oignon
classic French onion soup, calvados, gruyere

Main Course
Blanquette de Veau
(French Veal Ragout)
tender veal, root vegetables, cream sauce, wild rice

Dessert
Bugnes
Rhone Valley Style Beignets

Breakfast – The Next Day
Apple Tart

So there you have it. These Wine Dinners are a wonderful experience in eating here in Boise. You will learn a lot from the food selections – the menu – and the parings of wines that they select. Get on their mailing list by following the link in the sidebar.