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									I Love French Wine and Food - A White Cote De Beaune

<p>If you are looking for fine French wine and food, consider the world
famous Burgundy region in eastern France. Although it's fairly rare, you
may even find a bargain. I hope that you'll have fun on this fact-filled
wine education tour in which we review a Chardonnay white wine coming
from the Côte de Beaune region not far from the city of Dijon in
northeastern France. Burgundy ranks fourth in acreage of France's eleven
wine-growing regions if you include the Beaujolais region, even though
strictly speaking Beaujolais wines aren't Burgundy wines; they don't even
use the same red grapes. A lot of people will tell you that Burgundy wine
is the best in France, if not in the entire world. Perhaps one day we
will review a really expensive Burgundy wine. Here we review a medium-
priced Burgundy that comes from the oldest negociant (wine seller) in
Burgundy.</p><p>The city of Beaune is about two hundred miles southeast
of Paris. It is right in the heart of the Burgundy wine region, with Côte
de Beaune to the south and Côte de Nuits to the north. Stop by the
Twelfth Century church called Collégiale Notre-Dame that hosts a series
of tapestries depicting the life of the Virgin Mary. You'll enjoy the
Marché aux Vins (Wine Market) where wine tasting is encouraged. And make
sure to visit the famous Hospices de Beaune founded as a hospital for
veterans of the Hundred Year's War. The Grand' Salle is truly grand, it
is more than 150 feet (about 50 meters) long and still has some of the
original furniture. In late November the Hospice hosts a world-class wine
auction and fete.</p><p>Before reviewing the Burgundy wine and imported
cheeses that we were lucky enough to purchase at a local wine store and
local imported food store, here are a few suggestions of what to eat with
indigenous wines when touring this beautiful region. Start with Gougère
(Grated Cheese Pastry). For your second course savor Boeuf Bourguignon
(Beef Stewed in Red Wine). And as dessert indulge yourself with Pain
d'Épices (Gingerbread).</p><p>OUR WINE REVIEW POLICY All wines that we
taste and review are purchased at the full retail price.</p><p>Wine
Reviewed</p><p>Maison Champy Pernand-Vergelesses 2004 13% about
$20.00</p><p>Let's start by quoting the marketing materials. Tasting
Note: The complex set of aromas includes apricot, lemon zest, pear,
mineral, oak, and a hint of butter. This dry, youthful wine is good now
and will become very impressive with a few years of maturation (2-4
years). This long finishing wine will work nicely with grilled trout or
Chicken Kiev.</p><p>My first meal consisted of chicken hamburgers with
harissa (a Tunisian hot pepper sauce), roasted potatoes cooked in chicken
fat, and spicy pickle slices. The wine was quite round and sweet. (I
might have guessed it to be a Riesling.) It tasted of lime and was
somewhat unctuous with a great length. Frankly, it was too good for this
simple meal.</p><p>The next meal involved stove-top chicken cooked in a
soy-honey sauce with rice and green beans. The Burgundy was refreshingly
acidic, tasting of white grapefruit and lemon. It was feathery and yet
powerful. I don't understand why it was sweet with the first meal, and
certainly not sweet here.</p><p>The final meal was a packaged Eggplant
Parmagiana to which I added grated Parmesan cheese. The wine was quite
long, nice and fruity, with good acidity.</p><p>The first cheese pairing
was with an Emmenthaler (Swiss) cheese that actually came from Germany.
The wine was multilayered and nicely acidic but not sweet. I then tried
this Chardonnay with goat cheese from the Poitou-Charentes region of
central western France. The wine was muted but not flattened.</p><p>Final
verdict. I would buy this wine again but not waste it on plebian food
pairing. I really think it could hold its own with gourmet
meals.</p><p>Levi Reiss has authored or co-authored ten books on
computers and the Internet, but to be honest, he would rather just drink
fine Italian, French, or other wine, accompanied by the right foods and
spend time with his wife and family. He teaches classes in computers at
an Ontario French-language community college. Among his many web sites he
is particularly proud of his new love and relationships site celebrating
mostly spiritual and on occasion physical love at <a target="_new"
href=""></a>. You
will find a wide range of articles devoted to various aspects of love,
and a special collection of love quotes in both English and French (with
translations.) Check out his global wine website at <a target="_new"
> with his new weekly column reviewing $10 wines.</p>

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