Give me books, French wine, fruit, fine weather, and a little music played out of doors by someone I do not know…
~ John Keats
I love champagne and I love beef tenderloin, but up until now I did not pair the two. Recently I was happy to find that Philippe Fourrier Rosé pairs extraordinarily well with beef tenderloin. Since it is made of 90 percent pinot noir grapes (and 10 percent chardonnay grapes), with notes of red cherry and juicy raspberry, it can stand up to the bold flavors of the beef.
Blanc De Noirs Noire Reserve
This lovely champagne is primarily made from Pinot Meunier grapes. 80% pinot meunier, 16% pinot noir and 4% chardonnay. With notes of black currant, brioche and lemon curd and a long sustained finish, this champagne is a wonderful compliment to beef tenderloin.
Thinking about delightful pairings…my bubbly friend Mary Ellen gave me some festive shot glasses. I filled them with a lobster salad served with a chilled cocktail fork so that guests could get every last piece of yummy lobster out of the glass. Frozen lobster meat (for us locals it is available at Tanglewood Kroger) is perfect for this salad recipe. Chop the lobster meat and mix with a little sour cream, mayonnaise, lemon juice, Old Bay Seasoning and chopped fresh dill. Don’t add too much of any of the creamy ingredients ~ remember you can always add more but you can’t take any out once it’s mixed in. Chill and serve icy cold. (Put shot glasses and cocktail forks in the freezer to chill before service.)
We paired the lobster salad appetizer with Laurent Perrier Rosé. The mid-March snow on my flowering quince tree made the perfect perch for our rosé champagne bottle. 100 percent Pinot Noir grapes. Notes of strawberry, hazelnut and brioche. We call this champagne “Easter Wine” because a bubbly friend of ours told us that her mother always wanted a “pink wine” to match her dining room drapes for Easter dinner. $76 range.
My bubbly sister-in-law Gwen sent me this…“My doctor told me that because of my age I should install a bar in my shower…done!”
On Sunday, this little critter, Ziggy, somehow got out of our front door (he is an indoor cat) and was out “catting around the neighborhood” all day. We looked everywhere and said lots of prayers, especially with a snowstorm on it’s way and finally around 5 o’clock that evening he came walking up on our back deck. We were so happy to see him! He ate a big dinner and fell asleep in front of the fire.
Ziggy’s brother Artie Shaw was so happy to see him!
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