Beaujolais Cru Wines

A few weeks ago I posted a Beaujolais day trip, exploring the 12 appellations (wine producing regions) making up the overall Beaujolais “brand”. Following is a brief summary and tasting notes, in alphabetical order, of the ten Beaujolais Cru (grand) appellations that I suggest that all lovers of wine should investigate. Despite their basis on the “humble” Gamay grape, these…

Oeufs en Meurette

Oeufs en Meurette (poached eggs in red wine sauce) Serves 4 A perfect brunch on a chilly Burgundian sunday. 8 x eggs 2 x shallots 100g bacon 450g fresh button mushrooms 750 ml very tannic red wine (Burgundy red or Barossa shiraz) 25o ml chicken stock 125g butter 8 slices of baguette (toasted whole or cut into croutons) 4 tablespoons…

Bouef a la ficelle

Bouef a la ficelle (beef on a string) Serves 4 Bouef a la ficelle is a deliciously simple and rustic dish of prime beef fillet and seasonal vegetables. It matches beautifully with a “baby” Burgundy (bourgogne rouge) or Cru Beaujolais. Use the best beef you can find; Charollaise in France or Cape Grim from Tasmania. 1 x 800g centre-cut beef…

Bouef Bourguignon

Bouef Bourguignon (Burgundy beef stew) Serves 4 – Commence preparation day before 800g beef cheeks or rump cut into 4cm cubes 120g bacon lardons 6 cloves garlic peeled and sliced 2 medium onions thinly sliced 5 carrots peeled and roughly chopped 20 baby (pickling) onions 20 button mushrooms – half whole and half sliced and stems removed 250ml beef stock…

Copping it sweet, mostly

Sometimes it takes a seemingly innocuous even to trigger the realisation that we’re all creatures of habit. And worse, sometimes to deviate from a routine can have detrimental consequences. Our routine, on returning from a trip, is simple. First, open the windows to allow airflow through the closed apartment. Next, unpack the bags, sorting laundry into colour groups and bung…

Beaujolais & penne Alfredo

My experience of Beaujolais wine was, for a long time, restricted to the cheap, fruity low-alcohol plonk in the floral-labelled bottle marketed by Georges Dubœuf. The stuff we naïvely labelled “Beaujo” and would lug to barbies and student pissups as a ‘sophisticated’ alternative to a sixpack of stubbies. Geez, those were the days. Over the years I focused my attention on the…

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A few gratuities for Brand USA

I see President Obama’s plan to increase selective tourism to the USA is about to commence next month with the launch of a marketing campaign called Brand USA, according to this recent New York Times article. The objective of the Brand USA campaign is to stimulate inbound tourism to the states from a select bunch of countries. According to the NY…

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Restaurant Lapérouse

Restaurant Lapérouse – History Four years before Captain James Cook bumped into the eastern coastline of terra australis in 1770, a bloke by the name of Lefévre, purveyor of alcoholic beverages to king Louis XIV of France, purchased a grand Parisian townhouse on the left bank of the river Seine and converted it into a bar, wineshop and eatery. The precise…

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