Sparkling Wine Secrets: Crémant from Bordeaux Paired with Bisque, Gourmet Grilled Cheese #winophiles

affordable French sparkling wine aka Crémant

Looking for affordable Bordeaux wines to share with friends and family for the holidays? How about an affordable sparkling wine from Bordeaux? Sparkling wine is made all over France in the Traditional Method, not just in the northern region of Champagne. Made anywhere else but Champagne, sparkling wine from France is called Crémant (French for creamy referencing the creamy bubbles), and while the Southeast has several well known examples, Bordeaux wineries make Crémant also– and it’s surprisingly affordable! 

For your next gathering, consider clinking different by pairing bubbles from Bordeaux with a she crab bisque, a green salad, and a selection of gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches. These two Crémant would also be wonderful wines for brunch.

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A Julia Child Inspired Menu including Braised Short Ribs and Petit Verdot from Bordeaux #Winophiles

Julia Child inspired menu with Bordeaux wines

  • “This is my invariable advice to people: Learn how to cook—try new recipes, learn from your mistakes, be fearless and above all have fun.” from My Life in France.
  • “One of the secrets of cooking is to learn to correct something if you can, and bear with it if you cannot.” from My Life in France.
  • “Well, all I know is this—nothing you ever learn is really wasted, and will sometime be used.”  
  • “The more you know, the more you can create. There’s no end to imagination in the kitchen.”
  • “To be a good cook you have to have a love of the good, a love of hard work, and a love of creating.” 
  • We should enjoy food and have fun. It is one of the simplest and nicest pleasures in life.”

Who said all these wonderful words?

Here’s a hint:

Why Julia Child of course! And today we have a Julia Child inspired menu of classic French dishes (with recipes!) paired with three wines from Bordeaux, France.  

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#ClinkDifferent: 4 Affordable Red Bordeaux Paired With Instant Pot Oxtail Beef Bourguinonne

First, how are you doing?

And second, what are you drinking?

Over here at Wine Predator, we’re focused on comfort food and wine right now (well, all the time!) and we’re here to say that you don’t have to break the bank to live it up right now.

In a restaurant, this rich Oxtail and beef shank dish paired with a Bordeaux wine would cost a small fortune. But in the instant pot, it’s fast, easy, and delicious! Plus Bordeaux at home is much less expensive and it comes in a wide range of prices.

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