What to drink…

Living France - - À LA MAISON -

Rules are made for break­ing, and for this recipe, I pro­pose de­fy­ing the most golden rule of them all: match­ing sweet wines with dessert. It’s a truth uni­ver­sally ac­knowl­edged that if you drink dry wines with sweet foods, the con­trast is un­pleas­ant. Yet it’s ap­par­ently per­fectly ac­cept­able to drink sweet wines with savoury foods – such as the clas­sic com­bi­na­tion of Sauternes and foie gras. With a dish such as tarte aux pruneaux, I be­lieve you can get away with serv­ing a dry wine.

The trick is to en­sure you choose a wine loaded with bright fruity flavours. In France that means look­ing south where the warm cli­mate pro­duces grapes with plenty of ripeness. The Rhône Val­ley is ideally si­t­u­ated in this re­gard, and it tends to grow va­ri­eties that fit the bill too.

Gre­nache is the main black grape here, and it is char­ac­terised by a juicy red-fruit char­ac­ter, like rasp­ber­ries and straw­ber­ries. Gre­nache of­ten pro­duces

La Vieille Ferme Rouge 2014 Vin de France £7.29 widely avail­able Spice up your life with this south­ern French blend, made with Carig­nan, Cin­sault, Gre­nache and Syrah. The fruit char­ac­ter is juicy and smooth, with all the nec­es­sary ripeness to com­pete with dessert.

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