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Palate + Wines of France = Awesome Luncheon Today


Plus: The Top 3 Reasons to Look to France For Your Everyday Wines


I went to a killer luncheon at the new restaurant “Palate” in Los Angeles today. The event was put on by the fine people at the “Wines of France”, with Master of Wine Sheri Sauter Morano talking about the wines being poured.

The theme of the meal was “everyday wines” that are under $25 and available in major markets. Chef Octavio Becerra provided a hell of a meal to enjoy with the wines, with “Pork Tenderloin with Grits & Apple Compote” and the cheese plate being the highlight.

As for the wines, the one that really caught my attention was a 2006 Domaine Le Peu de La Moriette Vouvray, which was off-dry and delicious with the pork.

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In keeping with the theme of the event, I asked MW Sherri her top three reasons for why people should look to France for their everyday wines. Here, in no particular order, are her answers:

Food Friendly: The acidity in French wines tends to be medium to high, which is important when pairing with food.

Growers: There are a lot of small producers making a diverse range of wines, you will always have something new to try.

Grapes: Nearly all the major varietals are grown in France, allowing it to produce a range of wines.

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