Almost like an add on to the last rosé post, because the wine is made from all different grape varietals, it can come from anywhere wine is produced. Yes Provence is reigning Queen, but there are many different wine regions that are producing something in that vein but with their own twist. Dare I say a new place will take over Provence’s rule??
What I’m aiming at, is other rosés deserve recognition. You don’t have to go Provence or bust- there are plenty of other dry, mineral forward, crisp, hint of fruit (strawberry, raspberry, white peach, etc.), delicious choices out there!
Before a certain anchor man tried to claim his spot as the top “Burgundy”, wine from this landlocked part of France claimed the highest of ratings. And while Mr. Burgundy can almost do no wrong, the whites and reds produced from this region are top-notch, world class, silky-smooth, and would n e v e r say “f you” to its hometown. In short, wine from Burgundy is kind of a big deal. And if you have never seen Anchorman, do yourself the favor. My joke attempts will make a lot more sense.
Anyyyyyway, back to the vino. Burgundy, also known as Bourgogne, is a narrow wine region known for some of the top wines in world. It is the birth place of the Pinot Noir grapes and home to some kick-ass Chardonnays.
Like I said in the video, location is everything! The terroir (pronounced “tear-wah”) aka how a region’s terrain, soils, climate and winemaking practices affect the wine’s taste, plays a huge role for Burgundy wines.
There are five regions to note:
CÔTES DE NUITS
CÔTES DE BEAUNE
Believe it or not, the soil and temperatures vary enough that each of these regions produces wine that is uniquely theirs. More on buying tips per region below!
WHITE BURGUNDY: 100% Chardonnay and mostly produced “unoaked” therefore giving a more crisp and clean taste for the drinker as opposed to the butter-bomb Chardonnays produced state-side.
RED BURGUNDY: 100% Pinot Noir and a difficult little grape to grow. Loves the climate and soil this region provides. As a result, Pinot’s are more earthy and floral.
CRÉMENT DE BOURGOGNE: A sparkling wine from the region that can be produced with both Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes.
When looking at a bottle of Burgundy, look for the specific region it’s from. My notes below will help you pick the bottle that suits your tastebuds.
From North to South:
Chablis: amazing, high acid, bright Chardonnays. Mostly unoaked, but at the top Grand Cru level ($$$$$), some see aging in oak barrels.
Côtes du Nuits: rustic, mushroom-y, earthy, tart berry, and spicy Pinot Noirs.
Côtes de Beaune: richer, pear/apple, white flower Chardonnays. Some do see oak!
Côtes Chalonnaise: plum, clove, dark berry, earthy Pinot Noirs that are usually less expensive, more of a “value” bottle. Also lots of lovely Créments come from this region!
Mâconnais: stone fruit, citrus, zesty Chardonnay from this region, look for Pouilly-Fuisseé for the most value.
As Fall weather starts to creep in everywhere else in the US besides LA, medium bodied reds are always a crowd pleaser. Most wines from the Côtes du Rhône region are red blend containing the varietals Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre. Usually the highest acclaimed CDR’s have the largest portion of the blend being Grenache; however, since up to 22 varietals are allowed in the blend, taste a bunch to figure out your own preference!
It’s all about reading the label! There’s even a “Level 4” version of CDR wines called “Cru” and those are the most expensive, like Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Long story short, the more specific the label the more expensive the bottle.
cÔtes du Rhône pick
$: 2014 Caves du Fournalet Côtes du Rhône: medium-light body, notes of strawberry and raspberry light tannins, great with food and under $10 from Trader Joes.
$$: 2014 Domaine La Manarine Côtes du Rhône: tart cherry and a spicy finish, this is a fab under $20 pick that is a great step up palatte wise from the Caves du Fournalet.
And just like that, we’re more than a week into October. Before it’s too far gone, here were some of my September highlights:
sweet: cake at proof bakery
This cake, known as “Gateau de Savoie” or commonly “the sponge cake with the whipped cream and blackberries” is heaven sent. Yes-yes, I do have a big sweet tooth so I do deem a lot of sweets amazing, BUT this takes the cake. Literally. It’s so damn light I felt like I was floating after I finished. Ok, maybe that was the combined caffeine and sugar buzz-but, if a slice is available snatch it immediately. Thank me later. @ProofBakeryLA
savory: Sen Chan Pen Pu, aka #18 at sapp coffee shop
Upon recommendation from my noodle-expert friend, Emily (@FoodLoversDiary) I made my way to Sapp Coffee Shop to try their famous noodles. She suggested the “Sen Chan Pen Pu” stir-fried noodles and I went to TOWN. The dish is so simple but flavorful AF: rice noodles, garlic, chili, egg and crab meat. Squeeze a little lime, request extra cilantro and all of your needs can go “bye-bye”.
drink: topo chico
Behold the next big thing in sparkling water, Topo Chico. And by next big thing I mean, this stuff is gaining popularity nearly as fast as LaCroix. AND it’s been around longer, since 1895 #hechoenmexico. I had my first while working a restaurant pop-up. The chef “popped” one of these open for me and I was hooked. Feeding my sparkling water addiction one bottle at a time!
restaurant:sapp coffee shop
HOLY $h*T, need to go back stat. As I mentioned above, their #18 was my favorite savory bite this month, but their #23 Drunken Noodles (flat noodles with ground beef, chili and garlic) came in close second. Yes, I ordered two noodle dishes all to myself. Sue me. The leftovers were- dare I say it- even better. Next up I’ll go for the Jade and Boat noodles, which are famed and Anthony Bourdain approved.
entertainment: the infinity mirrored room at the Broad, lA
This wasn’t my first time in the Infinity Mirrored Room, but it was my first solo trip. Last time I was in artist Yayoi Kusama’s piece was here. And I have to say, second time around was just as infatuating and breath-taking. My tip: get to The Broad at a decently early hour to enter your name in the queue, see the upstairs exhibit and at the end of your trip, ask kindly to enter the line early. No winking necessary 😉
Hope your October is already off to a great start…please send fall weather to LA!
Happy Friday! I’m up early and heading to model (this is becoming a trend) for a fun Studio DIY project- if you don’t follow her look her Instagram, she always brightens my day.
Any who, ever since returning from Scotland (I got back exactly a month ago (sayyyy what??!), I’ve been on the go- read, there’s always something going on/ never a dull moment/ pencil me in for that event! You get the picture. So, here’s what I’ve been up to lately, laundry list style:
The Taste of LA with @missfoodieproblems AKA eating and drinking all the food on the backlot of Paramount.
I’m in a play! It’s about one-night-stands, and actually closes tonight, but I’ve had a blast being back on stage.
There was a baking night, and I made a silly Instagram story to go along with it. Raw cookie dough was consumed.
No notifications- well almost. While I was in Scotland I turned off ALL the notifications on my phone, and since returning I’ve only turned on texts and phone calls. It’s so refreshing and I feel like I’m checking my phone a lot less.
Hi Fall!! Yesterday marked the first official day of Autumn, and, yes, this is a weirdly placed point, but in my stream of consciousness. I want LA to get about 15 degrees colder- can you do that Mother Nature??
Taking a few minutes to daily (errrr almost every day) to “meditate”, aka lighting these candles and journaling. The power of positive thinking works wonders.
COLLEGE FRIENDS VISIT!! (post to come about “things to do in LA with out-of-towners”) And we went all around town naturally, and ate VERY well.
Taking solo hikes sans music. It’s great for the soul.
Watch Sophie’s dog, realize I cannot/am not ready for my own dog. It’s like having a child. NOT READY.
Attending birthdays, late night karaoke and an Emmy’s party…. and the very unwelcome hangovers associated. Usually cured by a donut.
AND then in between life happening, I’m mad at myself because I didn’t make a wine video this Wednesday. Trying to let that one go, as there are only so many hours in the day.
I recently bought this GIANT DESK CALENDAR in attempts to plan my life/blog content out in a more organized fashion. I’m becoming my mother, and totally ok with that. She’s the best.
Planning on a couple trips these next few month and eyeing Northern California, New York (again I know!) and Austin for the BBQ and Tex-Mex.
Enjoy your weekend!
P.S. If you’re in the Midwest slash on the East Coast eat an apple cider donut for me. Thanks (they realllly need to get on that trend in LA!)