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Strawberries and Summer Time

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Strawberries and Summer Time

Summer is in full swing with long nights, backyard BBQ’s and Brunches that can last all day. It is sweet California Strawberry season and if you are looking for a way for you, your friends and family to cool your taste buds off take a look at this delicious recipe. What says Summer more than sweet, tart and delicious strawberries? Added to the layers of flavor with this shortbread recipe, it is a perfect way to start your morning with breakfast or end your evening as a dessert. Ingredients Shortcakes: 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting 3 tablespoons...

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What is Sauternes?

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What is Sauternes?

Some of the world's greatest wines are sweet. No, we are not referencing wines that have been altered with levels of sugar or halted fermentation to achieve sweetness. We are  talking about Sauternes, a golden colored, sweet French wine from the Bordeaux region. Drive about 25 miles southeast towards the Graves appellation, there are two neighboring sub-regions, Barsac and Sautneres.  These two regions are along side the Garonne and the Ciron tributary. The two rivers provide an unique microclimate along with the morning fogs and warm afternoons. The water of the Ciron is cooler than the Garonne, thus in the...

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White Asparagus with Sabayon Sauce

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White Asparagus with Sabayon Sauce

Fresh ingredient is the key to this Spring inspired dish. While traveling in France during the month of March and April, you will almost always see restaurant signs for this seasonal treat. Waiters will encourage you to order it because it is the season's hottest vegetable. White asparagus is grown underground, thus the lack of chlorophyll which turns them green. Slightly milder in flavor and a bit more tender, we don't mind pairing this with a nice White Wine.  White Asparagus with Sabayon Sauce Ingredients: 1 cup dry white wine 3 tbs white wine vinegar Sea salt 1 lb white asparagus...

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Wine Travel: Right Bank Bordeaux

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Wine Travel: Right Bank Bordeaux

After a few weeks on the road, the Bottle Shop team has traveled from Germany to Spain and finally landed in Bordeaux. Over the course of a few weeks and 7 hotels later, we find ourselves in a quiet place on the Right Bank of Bordeaux. Located just 20 minutes outside of the city center, away from the hustle and bustle, Chateau La France was a welcoming delight at first sight. Here in the country side landscape, the air is fresh, the sky is clear and the terrain is much hillier than the Left Bank. Driving up the road to...

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Bordeaux Series: Revisiting the 2009 Vintage

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Bordeaux Series: Revisiting the 2009 Vintage

Delighted Hostess Emilie Borie at Grand Puy Lacoste This past month, the Bottle Shop team spent a whole week covering the En Primeur campaign in Bordeaux, tasting over 500+ wines. During the Spring of every year, the entire region of Bordeaux open up their cellar doors to showcase the latest vintage to the media and trade. This En Primeur or "wine futues" is a system that offers wines to be purchased early while the vintage is still in the barrel. This gives buyers an advantage to purchase wines that have very limited quantities  and difficult to get after they are...

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