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A Glamorous Valentine’s Day Giveaway: Enter to Win a Bottle of Laurent-Perrier Cuvée Rosé Champagne

“I only drink Champagne on two occasions, when I am in love and when I am not.” – Coco Chanel

Nothing says Valentine’s Day like Champagne – especially when it’s pink! So in honor of this most romantic holiday, I’m happy to announce a glamorous Valentine’s Day Giveaway featuring a luxurious bottle of Laurent-Perrier Cuvée Rosé Champagne that will go to a very lucky winner (a $100 value)!

In the 1960’s, making a non-vintage rosé Champagne was virtually unthinkable but Bernard de Nonancort, the charismatic Chairman and CEO of Laurent-Perrier at the time, was just the man to make it happen. Laurent-Perrier’s Cuvée Rosé was launched in 1968 in an elegant bottle inspired by French King Henri IV.

This gorgeous sparkler is a lovely, salmon pink hue with seductive aromas of fresh red berries, minerals, and smoke. The palate is lively and layered with notes of strawberry, black currant, gingerbread, and a hint of anise followed by a delightfully lengthy finish. While perfect on its own, the Cuvée Rosé pairs beautifully with a variety of dishes including foie gras with red currants, roasted chicken with mushrooms, beef tenderloin – or whatever your heart desires!

To enter the glamorous Valentine’s Day Giveaway for the Laurent-Perrier Cuvée Rosé Champagne, simply leave a comment at the end of this post sharing your idea of the most romantic Valentine’s Day meal. So whether it’s a multi-course tasting menu complete with wine pairings at your favorite restaurant OR indulging in your favorite comfort food lovingly prepared at home by either you or your Valentine – I want to hear about it! Entering the giveaway is as simple as that and for additional chances to win, you can (1) sign up to receive my weekly newsletter by clicking here and/or (2) leave a comment on another blog post. Each additional comment left on a blog post here on my website will count as one additional chance to win.

This Valentine’s Day Giveaway is open to anyone 21 years of age or older who lives in the continental United States and ends Sunday, February 11, 2018 at 6:00pm EST when a winner will be randomly drawn. The lucky winner will be contacted immediately to arrange shipment/delivery in time for Valentine’s Day – the cost of which is included as part of the contest!

Thanks in advance for your participation, best of luck and remember, you have to play to win so please leave your comments now. I’m looking forward to drawing a winner on Sunday and can’t wait to hear your Comments!

Cheers,

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Wines of the Week: Wine Collecting 101

Hello, Wine Lovers! My Facebook LIVE “Wines of the Week” series continues with a special Saturday episode entitled, Wine Collecting 101, a topic I’m very passionate about! Nothing is more magical than the way a wine transforms over time. Acid, tannins, sugar and alcohol converge in a dynamic, alchemical dance which ultimately creates something greater and more complex than the sum of its parts.

And while many people are used to consuming wine shortly after purchasing it, I hope this episode inspires your curiosity and patience. Think of wine collecting as delayed gratification that will reward you many times over. In today’s episode I debunk some commonly held myths about aging and collecting wine and feature some stellar selections to add to either your existing collection or inspire you to start one. The first myth I’d like to debunk is that you need some custom built, 5,000 bottle cellar to collect wine – you absolutely do NOT!

All you need is a cool, quiet, dark place on your home free from vibration, light or widely fluctuating temperatures and you are good to go. Please see below for the featured wines & resources mentioned in this episode as well as the full Facebook LIVE video. Even if you watch it after the live broadcast, please feel free to ask questions or make comments – I PROMISE to get back to you!

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TODAY’S FEATURED WINES:

1.) Chateau de Beaucastel Chateauneuf-du-Pape Blanc, Rhone Valley, France, 2010 ($120)
[To purchase the current release of this wine, please click the following link:
Chateau de Beaucastel Chateauneuf-du-Pape Blanc, Rhone Valley, France, 2015 ($80)
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2.) Marchesi Antinori Tignanello IGT, Tuscany, Italy, 2001 ($90)
[To purchase the current release of this wine, please click the following link: Marchesi Antinori Tignanello IGT, Tuscany, Italy, 2014 ($90)]

3.) Darioush Shahpar Late Harvest, Napa Valley, California, 2004 ($140 – 375 mL)
[To purchase the current release of this wine, please click the following link: Darioush Shahpar Late Harvest, Napa Valley, California, 2011 ($70 – 375mL)]

4.) Taylor Fladgate Late Bottled Vintage Port, Douro, Portugal, 2005 ($28)
[To purchase the current release of this wine, please click the following link: Taylor Fladgate Late Bottled Vintage Port, Douro, Portugal, 2012 ($20)]

RESOURCES MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE:

Coravin Model Two Wine System ($290) – One of my FAVORITE wine accessories which uses a super thin, surgical grade needle to pierce the porous cork of a bottle, allowing you to extract some wine without affecting the wine’s aging process. This way you can see if a wine is ready to drink without committing to the entire bottle. If it’s not quite ready, simply return the bottle to its resting place and sample again at a later date. For info on purchasing, please click here.

Suggested Age-Worthy Wines:
(1) White Wines: White Rioja, German Riesling, White Burgundy, high-acid white Greek wines & Champagne
(2) Red Wines: Bordeaux, Burgundy, California Cabernets & Spanish reds
(3) Late Harvest/Dessert Wines: Sauternes from Bordeaux, Quarts de Chaume from the Loire Valley, Hungarian Tokaji & German Riesling
(4) Fortified Wines: Various styles of Port, Sherry, Madeira & Marsala

– Photo of grapes affected by Botrytis Cinerea (aka Noble Rot) used to make Sauternes, the legendary, sweet wines of Bordeaux.

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To view the full “Wine Collecting 101” Facebook LIVE episode please play the video above and for information or questions regarding my Cellar Consulting Services, please e-mail me at Stephanie [at] theglamorousgourmet [dot] com. I’d be happy to answer any questions you may have.

Also, to view previous episodes of “Wines of the Week,” please click here. Thanks so much for tuning in and if you’d like to share any of your own experiences with ageing or collecting wines – I’d LOVE to hear about them! Please let me know in the Comments section below and be sure to join me next Friday, February 9th at 5pm EST on Facebook LIVE for some special Valentine’s Day wine selections.

Cheers,

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The Wine Atelier Podcast #7: An Insider’s Burgundy with Laurent Drouhin

Part of the reason for starting The Wine Atelier podcast was to feature insider interviews with some of my favorite people in the wine industry. And I can’t think of a better way to start than with Laurent Drouhin, Director of the United States Market for Burgundy’s Maison Joseph Drouhin and its American counterpart, Domaine Drouhin in Oregon.

I had the pleasure of meeting Laurent at a Burgundy tasting he hosted here in South Florida almost 10 years ago. His passion and enthusiasm for his family’s wines was inspiring not to mention his extensive knowledge of this legendary wine region. Since then, Steve and I have had the pleasure of visiting Maison Joseph Drouhin in Burgundy (NOT to be missed!) as well as collaborating with Laurent on some wonderful wine dinners and events and I’m very excited to introduce you to him today.

In today’s episode Laurent shares the secrets behind the legendary winemaking Drouhin family, what it was like growing up in such a rich and beautiful wine region, and how he and his three siblings, Véronique, Philippe and Frédéric, work together today to run the family business. He also provides insight into how his family decided to expand into Oregon over THIRTY years ago and, for those who might be a little intimidated by this complicated wine region, Laurent offers helpful suggestions and resources for learning about and experiencing these wonderful wines.

Thank you so much for listening today and for more information on the Drouhin family wines, please visit their respective websites at: Maison Joseph Drouhin and Domaine Drouhin.

RESOURCES MENTIONED IN TODAY’S EPISODE:

“The Wines of Burgundy” by Sylvain Pitiot & Jean-Charles Servant ($26)

– Please e-mail me your wine-related questions to: stephanie [at] theglamorousgourmet [dot] com

– To sign up for my WINE-DERFUL Weekly Newsletter, please click here and follow the prompts.

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Wines of the Week: Waistline-friendly Wines for 2018

Welcome and thanks for joining me for my first “Wines of the Week” show of 2018! I’m thrilled to be back and after a few weeks of shameless indulging, I think today’s episode is, ahem, extremely relevant. Now that the holiday indulgence is over, it seems the popular inclination is to relegate January to a month of self-imposed restriction in order to lose weight or  ‘get fit’ which requires that every enjoyable thing is banished from our homes.

Now that just doesn’t sound like a very Happy New Year, does it?

You see, I’m a firm believer in the motto “all things in moderation” and in keeping with that philosophy I don’t think there’s any reason you have to give up your daily glass of wine to achieve optimal health. What about your spiritual health and well being – shouldn’t that count for something too?

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In this episode I share four delicious waistline-friendly wines that are least likely to sabotage your New Year’s fitness or weight loss goals. I’ll also share tips on how to shop for these wines at your local wine or grocery store. Who knows, by allowing yourself this daily indulgence you might not only find yourself losing weight but in a much better mood as well!

THIS EPISODE’S WAISTLINE-FRIENDLY WINES:

1.) Tesoro della Regina Prosecco, Veneto, Italy, NV ($16)

2.) Martin Codax Albariño Rias Baixas, Spain, 2016 ($14)

3.) Barons de Rothschild (Lafite) Bordeaux Blanc, Bordeaux, France, 2016 ($16)

4.) Michele Chiarlo Barbera D’Asti Le Orme, Piedmont, Italy, 2014 ($15)

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RESOURCES MENTIONED IN TODAY’S EPISODE:

Waistline-friendly Wine Guide

The Wines of Michele Chiarlo

For ALL the details on this week’s Waistline-friendly Wines for 2018, please check out my Facebook LIVE video above. Also, to view previous episodes of “Wines of the Week,” please click here. Thanks so much for tuning in and if YOU have any wines you’re looking forward to enjoying while accomplishing those New Year’s resolutions – I’d LOVE to hear about them! Please let me know in the Comments section below.

Cheers,

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The Wine Atelier Podcast #6: Waistline Friendly Wines

Happy New Year, Wine Lovers!

The latest episode of The Wine Atelier Podcast is very timely and features some fabulous Waistline Friendly Wines that will NOT sabotage your weight loss and/or fitness goals you set this month. And don’t worry, I’m not recommending any gimmicky DIET wines, all the wines mentioned in this episode are REAL, authentic wines which happen to be naturally lower in calories.

So in this episode I share:

3 key tips to keep in mind when shopping for or selecting wines on a wine list.

– A handy calorie breakdown of the most popular styles of wine (i.e. sparkling, white & red) and which ones are the most waistline friendly.

– The answer to a relevant reader question about whether or not those “diet wines” are really worth the calorie savings compared to regular wine.

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RESOURCES MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE:

The Glamorous Gourmet’s Waistline Friendly Wine Guide

– Please e-mail me your wine-related questions to: stephanie [at] theglamorousgourmet [dot] com

– To sign up for my WINE-DERFUL Weekly Newsletter, please click here and follow the prompts.

Thanks so much for tuning in and I hope this episode has inspired you to continue indulging in a daily glass of one of our featured Waistline Friendly Wines. Because, let’s face it, kicking off the New Year without wine doesn’t sound like a very happy New Year, does it?

If you have any questions about anything mentioned in this episode please feel free to post in in the Comments section and/or e-mail me at the address listed above.

Cheers,

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5 Fabulous New Year’s Wine Resolutions!

With your New Year’s Eve hangover in the rear view mirror, here are 5 Fabulous Wine Resolutions to guide your vinous exploration in the New Year. From becoming a better taster to planning a trip to your favorite wine region, I’ve got ya covered:

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1.) Mix It Up: Because the world of wine can be confusing it’s often easier to just stick with the same wine day in and day out – but how boring is that?!? To break out of your vinous rut, why not vow here and now to sample a different wine every week or at least every month. I’ll have plenty of great recommendations here on The Glamorous Gourmet as well as my weekly Facebook LIVE Show “Wines of the Week.” I also recommend finding a local retailer who can guide you towards selections based on your preferences. To sign up for my weekly newsletter with ALL the latest wine dish, please click here.

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2.) Start a Wine Collection: If you’ve been drinking wine long enough to have a favorite wine region and/or producer why not sock a few bottles away for a later date? Aged wine can be a truly enjoyable revelation but collecting wine does NOT mean you have to commission a custom built, 15,000 bottle capacity cellar, in fact, far from it! All you’ll need is a small wine fridge and a few age-worthy bottles to put in it. This piece of equipment is VERY important since varying temperatures and humidity levels as well as any mechanical vibration (i.e. refrigerator, A/C unit) are the arch-enemies of wine. Also, if your budget allows, purchase a fridge with a little room to grow, wine lovers have a habit of outgrowing them faster then they think.

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3.) Learn to Taste Wine: I know we all know how to physically “taste” wines,  just take a sip, right? But to really learn about wine you need to taste it in a particular way, utilizing ALL of your senses including sight, smell AND taste. This sensory information provides valuable insight into a wine’s place of origin, grape variety and “terroir” which are all critical factors to learning about and understanding wine. So if becoming a better wine taster is on your list of New Year’s Resolutions, please join me every Friday at 5pm EST for my brand new Facebook LIVE show “Wines of the Week” where you can taste four wines along with me EVERY week (click here to be taken there).

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4.) Drink more sparkling wines: The focus on sparkling wine/Champagne consumption around special occasions like New Year’s Eve leaves the majority of the year unbearably bubbly-free. While Champagne’s price tag may limit it to more of a special occasion wine, there are many sparklers from around the globe that are priced for everyday consumption. Wines like Prosecco, Cava and Crémant (for some examples, please and here) are perfect for enjoying on a Tuesday night after work or when a friend stops by to visit. As an added bonus, sparkling wines also have less calories and alcohol than a glass of Chardonnay or Pinot Noir – affordable, delicious AND figure-friendly – what’s not to love about that?

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5.) Wine-related Travel: Next time you’re booking a getaway why not head to your favorite wine region? Whether you’ve collected wine for years or are new to it, nothing will give you a greater appreciation for what’s in your glass than standing in the vineyard where the grapes are grown and talking to the people who make the wine. Most wineries offer tours and tastings which you can sign up for via their website and they’re usually very happy to hear from you! Here’s a link to some of my travel-related articles.

I hope these suggestions inspire you to further embrace the world of wine in the New Year! If you have any other wine-related resolutions I’d love to hear about them, please let me know in the Comment section below.

Cheers,

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Wine Country Baking: Canelés (Cannelés) de Bordeaux

I’m NO baker – but I do LOVE wine! So any recipe I discover that’s even remotely related to wine…well, I feel a responsibility to explore it further. Especially when it looks outrageously delicious!

Such was the case with the Canelé, a delightful French pastry known for its mahogany, burnt sugar crust and contrasting decadent, custardy center. Typically flavored with rum and vanilla, these beauties are baked in a special Canelé mold to achieve their hallmark striated, cylindrical shape.

Are you wondering where the wine comes in yet?

The Canelé originated in Bordeaux, a region many wine lovers adore due to its legendary full-bodied, age worthy red wines. Well, critical to the production of these wines is a process called “fining” in which a compound, usually egg whites, is added to the wine which binds to any potentially harmful chemicals. To get geeky, the positively charged albumin in the egg whites binds to negatively charged, undesirable polyphenols in the wine which then congeal and settle to the bottom of the barrel where they can be easily removed.

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Since only the egg whites are used to “fine” the wine, the Canelé was born as a way to utilize all the leftover yolks. And personally, I can’t think of a better place for them than the delightfully eggy, dense custard center of these glorious pastries!

On our first visit to Bordeaux we noticed Canelés everywhere, usually in miniature form. But this amazing recipe is for the standard size, which are bigger and allow for a better contrast between the caramelized outer crust and tender center. Plus, there’s just more Canelé to enjoy – what’s not to love about that?

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Now, if you’re like me and not the most proficient baker, you might be a little intimidated by this recipe at first glance. I know I was, BUT I also love a challenge, especially one that leaves you with fabulous French pastries at the end. And, I’m here to tell you, Erin McDowell, food stylist and Food52 Baking Consultant, has written a brilliant recipe here. As a food blogger for almost 10 years now, I’m a stickler for a well-written recipe and this one is so well-written you actually feel like McDowell’s in the kitchen with you, offering helpful advice at every step.

In addition to a few basic ingredients you probably already have in your pantry (i.e. eggs, flour, sugar, vanilla and butter) the only additional things you need to make this recipe are: (1) time and (2) a Canelé mold. This is the perfect weekend project since you need to let the batter rest overnight in the fridge before baking, which will also take a few hours. And, forget the elaborate and difficult to care for copper molds of the days of yore, McDowell recommends this brilliant silicone Canelé mold which can be found on Amazon for under ten dollars!

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Now, the Canelés do require a little babysitting during the baking process. The mold needs to be generously buttered and pre-heated before adding the batter which aids in the caramelization process. The oven temperature also needs to be dropped after the first thirty minutes as well.

And, perhaps the ONLY thing McDowell doesn’t prepare you for is the flipping of the Canelés in the mold for the final stage of baking. You might end up with some scorched fingertips but again, these beauties are so delicious you won’t even notice those minor burns as you sink your teeth into these lovely confections!

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Also, if you’d like a little something to sip with your Canelés, a Sauternes would be an exquisite pairing. This dessert wine also hails from the Bordeaux region of France and I’m a fan of the tenet, “If it grows together, it goes together.” This special wine owes its delightful honeyed citrus, floral, peach and ginger notes to a very special type of mold, botrytis cinerea, which imparts unique flavors and a delightful viscosity to the wine which would complement these pastries beautifully.

I especially like the Chateau Suduiraut Sauternes ($40/half-bottle)a delightful blend of 95% Semillon and 5% Sauvignon Blanc, the two main grapes used to make Sauternes. I also adore the Chateau Climens Barsac ($80/750mL bottle) a rare 100% Semillon wine from the Sauternes sub-region of Barsac helmed by the wonderful Bérénice Lurton. Both embody the hallmark tension between honeyed viscosity and fabulous acidity which makes these wines so incredibly special.

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Rather than include McDowell’s Canelé recipe in this post, I’m linking to it on the Food52 website where I discovered it. I hope you enjoy it as much as we have and I’d also love to encourage any established or aspiring bakers out there to check out McDowell’s brand new cookbook, The Fearless Baker ($17.50). Her website is also chock full of gorgeous food photos as well.

After experiencing such success with these Canelés, it has definitely inspired me to bake more. Plus, I can’t wait to pair these sweet treats with even more amazing wines as well.

Bon appétit,

 

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