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Wine: Domaine Vacheron Sancerre RougeFood: Wild Burgundian Escargot Tart, Smoked Tomato Compote, Parmesan Crust, Chevre, Parmesan Crust.Price: $25Before jumping into the pairing, if you are unfamiliar with Sancerre Rouge, it is a Pinot Noir from the Loire Valley in France. Sancerre is known almost exclusively for its balanced Sauvignon Blanc wines, but almost out of the back door, it eeks out a small percentage of tasty, pure, Pinot Noir. These aren't brawny, overripe, concentrated, Fanta-flavored Pinots, but rather, graceful, bright, and pleasing wines. Even before tasting the wine, I was giving hats off to Joe for just picking a unique, expression of something relatively familiar (Pinot Noir). By nature, escargot have a sweet, rich, earthiness. Unlike some of its relatives in Burgundy, the Sancerre Rouge isn't necessarily an earthy, soily, wine. It is more streamlined with minerals, pure fruit, a little spice, and good acidity. When paired with this dish, the combo of the escargot and the Sancerre Rouge created and highlighted the snails earthiness, and instead of a pop of intensity, this laid you down on a blanket in the park with a great book- Relaxing, elegant, stuff. Along with the escargot-- the Parmesan cheese crust (the Cheezit on roids), the chevre, and the smoked tomato compote added a bed of spice, sharpness, and acidity. This pair could easily ramp you up for a night of good eatin'.An elegant pairing from one of Atlanta's most passionate chefs.
(As an aside- Repast has one of my favorite wine lists in town. Joe has picked out some great, moderately-priced selections)
620 N Glen Iris Drive
Atlanta GA 30308
Posted by Hardy Wallace on December 09, 2008 at 04:30 AM in Atlanta, Events, loire, Pinot Noir, Riding Dirty Challenge, Under $25 | Permalink
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