As you may know, I’ve just returned from an amazing winter trip. Three weeks in Europe—from a balmy wine-tasting on the banks of the Bosporus, to a week of Languedoc vineyarding in the south of France, to luscious Chenin Blanc discoveries in the Loire Valley, to a wild snow-covered jaunt through five German wine regions—ending with a supra-luxe gastro-weekend in Paris. The good life, for sure.
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It has been a long, hard road trip—Turkey, France, Germany. But in a few months you will see the fruits in the form of breathtaking wines at good prices that I dug out and slurped up. One interesting note from Sunday lunch, yesterday, in Paris: On this trip everyone is telling me how popular “le hamburger” is, in France!
This Valentine’s Day, we are sharing the love. We are offering 20% OFF Michel Gonet Champagne, Jude’s Rum Cake, and Henry Family Farm Hot Sauces in my shop from now until February 14 (enter code TASTE20). Be sure to order these exclusive treats with enough time to have them delivered by Valentine’s Day.
To start, palate-invigorating Champagne…
Go to any posh tasting in the U.S. of wines from the south of France, and the first description you’re sure to hear is “ah! the aroma of garrigue!” Everyone is into it because Robert Parker started including it in his southern French notes years ago—and because, let’s face it, it’s a catchy word that makes you sound smart.
But there’s a lot of dumb garrigue usage out there. For starters, it is not a single herb, as some believe. It is a group of Mediterranean herbs—some familiar, like thyme and rosemary, some not so familiar—collectively referred to as “garrigue.”
Are your plans coming together for the Super Bowl? Below is a recap of recipes that include our hot chile extracts to rock your Super Bowl party:
1. Super Bowl Jamaican Chicken Wings
2. Super Bowl Hot Shrimp with Yellow Habanero Dipping Sauce
3. Super Bowl Ghost Chili Con Carne