Muscadet with oysters. I love Muscadet with oysters. It would in fact be a rare day that would find me refusing an offer of Muscadet and oysters. However, Muscadet with oysters. We have heard it so often it has almost grown into a one-word cliche. Muscadetwithoysters. “My God, isn’t there anything else that goes with Muscadet?” I asked author and chef Paul Bertolli. In so many words, he replied, “Yes, give me a bottle of Muscadet and I will uncork it in my kitchen and come up with an appropriate dish.” Well, one bottle led to another, and before you can learn how to pronounce “Loire” like a true Frenchman, Paul had created four recipes to accompany and show off the wines from the four Loire wine regions:
1. The area east of Tours, including Cheverny, Pouilly-Fume, Quincy, Sancerre, and other Sauvignon blancs.
2. The area of the Pineau de la Loire, or Chenin blanc, stretching roughly from Tours west to Angers, including Montlouis, Vouvray, Savennieres, and Anjou blanc.
3. The great red appellations of Chinon and Bourgueil.
4. Muscadet, near the mouth of the Loire and the coastal oyster beds.
Paul Bertolli is the talented fellow who creates the menu and cuisine at Oliveto Restaurant in Oakland. These four recipes are not at all difficult to realize, and they work. Author of Chez Panisse Cooking, Paul has had plenty of experience writing recipes and cooking great meals. I have personal knowledge. Follow his advice and watch the food improve the wine, and vice versa.
You will find Paul Bertolli’s original write-ups and recipes from the September 1995 Newsletter within the products below.
Charles Joguet France | Loire | Chinon
The perfect combination of tart red fruit, herbaceousness, and graphite earthiness. Try it with this recipe for Grilled Palliards of Beef with Anchovies and Shallots.
Year in and year out, these cuvées prove not only that Bourgueil is home to some of the best terroirs for Cabernet Franc anywhere, but also that the Boucard family produces some of the greatest values in all of France.
I think it is timely to make the announcement—It’s officially “Rosé Season!”—but with one caveat: Let this not be the only time of year you drink rosé. Welcome it wholeheartedly into your regular rotation
Franck Follin-Arbelet—joined today by his son Simon—is one of our most exciting and talented growers in Burgundy. He simply does everything right, and I mean everything. A true artist, he is the type of grower you can seek for years without finding: exactly what we look for here at KLWM...
Through their various bottlings, these three domaines contribute to a collection of Chablis marked by place, each reflecting a unique site and the commitment of a talented vigneron. They communicate the Chablisien goût de terroir—that unequaled aroma and flavor that can only come from Chardonnay grown in this chilly pocket of northern Burgundy.
The only thing we like better than great wine is great wine that doesn’t cost much and we’re happy to report that a bottle of great wine can still be found for $20 or less. We’ve put together a collection of our favorites all in one place for your browsing pleasure: bargain whites, rosés, reds, and a couple of sparklers.
From a tiny village nestled in the foothills of the Pyrenees to Burgundy’s golden slope and the prestigious vineyards of Piedmont, we have just received dozens of exciting wines from many distinct regions in France and Italy.
Consider this collection your golden ticket of sorts, your invitation to a dinner party with a group of underground artisans, champions of outsider winemaking culture, and a snapshot of a south of France that may be less iconic, but no less authentic.
Her wonderfully complex terroir of schist, granite, and galets roulés (alluvial riverbed stones) produces some of the most ethereal rosés you’ll ever taste. And the olive oil—well, it isn’t easy for us to get as excited about olive oil as about wine, but when you taste these, you’ll understand why they have become Corsica’s pride and joy.
If you ever need two superheroes to help tackle the evil villain of thirst, then Catherine and Pierre Breton are prime candidates. Thanks to these new arrivals from la famille Breton, barbecues, picnics, apéritifs, brunches, pregames, post-games, baby showers, regular showers, bubble baths, tailgates, and happy hours are all taken care of. Yet again, the heroes of soif have saved us from going thirsty.
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