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Saint Roch Les Vignes
Winegrowing in and around the Proven�al village of Cuers dates back to the 6th century BC when Greek settlers planted the first vines. The Romans further developed grape culture here, and to this day the area is still recognized as one of the region's best terroirs.
Saint Roch les Vignes is not an individual domaine, but rather a modern production facility in Cuers serving most of the family winegrowers in that small hillside village, as well as those of neighboring Puget-Ville and Pierrefeu northeast of Toulon. Built in 1911 with the combined effort and assets of 143 growers, the winery was upgraded with state-of-the-art equipment in recent years and now handles vinification for more than 200 local vignerons. The wines of Saint Roch are held to a higher standard than normal French cooperative wineries, as growers must not only adhere to Appellation Contr�l�e laws, but also meet the quality standards of the Ma�tres Vignerons de Saint Tropez, who oversee Saint Roch's international sales and marketing. This group consists of seven highly-regarded, limited production C�tes de Provence domaines headed by Edgar Pascaud, proprietor and director of Ch�teau de Pampelonne (which we also love).
The Saint Roch les Vignes C�tes de Provence Ros� is France's quintessential quaffer. About 50% Grenache and 50% Cinsault, this excellent value is the perfect summer wine to sip in the shade
Cremont (Cow & Goat) Cheese
Domaine de la Petite Mairie
Ros� of Cabernet Franc
Bourgueil (Loire Valley), $18
|Domaine de la Petite Mairie is owned and managed by Corinne and James Petit, an enthusiastic couple devoted to their little corner of the Loire Valley and its wines so celebrated by Rabelais. They have an uncompromising vision of the expression of the Cabernet Franc grape, which is synonymous with the unique terroir of Bourgueil. This vision has evolved from their long-term relationship with the master of this appellation (and president for many years of the syndicate of growers), Jean Gambier, who is James Petit's uncle. The Gambier - Petit collaboration is more than just familial as it is Petit who works with Gambier to tend the vineyards and make the wine that originates from the property held for several generations by the Gambier family on the plateau just east of the village of Bourgueil. Now that Jean Gambier has officially "retired", James Petit capably fills the role of successor, adding the Gambier holdings in Bourgueil to his own in Ingrandes and Restign�.|
The Gambier estate sits on a gentle, south-facing slope that leads to the banks of the Loire. The domaine is known as "Domaine Les Galluches" which is a reference to the rocky, slightly sandy soils that underlie the vineyards around the domaine. Over the centuries, the river has etched out a wide arc, leaving behind a swath of sandy gravel and exposing chalk terraces higher up. The limestone pebbles and sandy soil provide excellent drainage and are ideal sites for vine growth. The southerly exposure gives the Cabernet Franc grapes the sun and warmth necessary to fully ripen in this northerly region.
A scintillating dry Ros� made exclusively from Cabernet Franc grape offers a pale rose color and bristles with the minerality that defines the terroir of the middle Loire. Far from simple, it performs stunningly at the table with a variety of cuisine and can actually gain complexity with some time in the bottle.
Red Hawk cheese & olive oil gris sel cracker
Organic Cow Milk
Marin Co, CA
|Cowgirl Creamery captures the essence of West Marin County (north of San Fran) with its Red Hawk, a triple-cream, washed-rind, fully-flavored cheese made from organic cow milk from the Straus Family Dairy. Aged four weeks and washed with a brine solution that tints the rind a sunset red-orange, Red Hawk won Best-In-Show at the American Cheese Society's Annual Conference in 2003 and a Gold Ribbon and 2nd Best-in-Show in 2009!||
Ros�s to write home about!
Friday, June 22
Saint Roch les Vignes, $15
Domaine de la Petite Mairie Bourgueil, $18
BBQ Wines & Sliders
Friday, June 29
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New to cV!
We had these in Napa and had to get them to the East Coast!
Rustic Bakery flatbread in 2 flavors--you will not be able to choose a fave! The perfect foil for a smear or square of artisanal cheese...
Rosemary & Olive Oil sourdough organic flatbread, $10
Olive Oil & Sel Gris sourdough organic flatbread, $10
Cowgirl Creamery is synonymous with delicious and well made.
Red Hawk washed-rind organic cow milk cheese, $16
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4 Easy Street
It's Festival season, so to speak...the Nantucket Book Fest was last week, the Wine Fest was last month, the Film Fest is this week and Garden Fest et al are still to come. Nantucket has festival fever, but so does the nation, eg Coachella, Burning Man, Bonnaroo?? It's just the thing to do in summer.
cV is proud to sponsor the Opening Night party of the Nantucket Film Festival tonight, for the fifth year in a row! And this year is particularly meaningful, in that Nantucket's beloved Dreamland theatre re-opened last week after a 5+ year absence and, while we never minded a church pew, many of these films will be honored by screening in a proper venue. How wonderful is the smell of popcorn and new construction!
This will be my 17th NFF--the first year was at the Gaslight, then both theatres for years, and then, minus the Dreamland for the last ?? I remember seeing The Full Monty world premier (or was it East Coast?) at the old Dreamland--we knew it would be a hit as the crowd cheered. Lesser known faves were Amy, starring Rachel Griffiths and Flakes with Zooey Deschanel. I am so excited for Frank Langella, I can hardly stand it. I just love NFF...
If you are on island, check out the schedule. So Worth it!
Nantucket Film Fest
While we are in festival mode, check out our photos from this year's Nantucket Wine Festival--another world class event in our back yard.
Nantucket Wine Fest Re-cap...
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