In collaboration with @ProvenceWinesUK.
Are you looking for a last minute Christmas gift idea? You’ve got that foodie to get something for and you haven’t quite figured out what to get them yet? Try my three ingredient honey roasted walnuts! With only five minutes prep and twenty minutes in the oven, you could have a homemade Christmas gift roasted, cooled and ready to deliver in under an hour!
Roasted nuts are a new addition, this year, to my seasonal cheeseboard. I can’t get enough of them! There’s something about the slightly sweet slightly savoury, nutty flavour that works really well with certain cheeses, washed down, of course, with a crisp glass of Provence Rosé wine.
Provence Rosé wine comes from the southeast of France, in the Provence region. Wine has been produced in this region ever since the ancient Greeks founded the city of Marseille in 600 BC.
The main grape varieties are Syrah, Grenache, Cinsault, Tibouren and Mourvedre, and Provence Rosé is blended with a minimum of two of these varieties. There are two types of vinification processes: direct pressing results in a lighter, clearer colour of Rosé while maceration on skins, which gives a deeper colour.
With regards to food pairings, Rosé wine goes well with light salads, seafood, pasta and rice dishes. It’s perfect with a cheeseboard featuring milder cheeses such as Comté, Gruyère and soft goats’ cheese. Nuts go especially well with rosé, especially walnuts, which is why I’ve chosen this specific nut for my edible homemade Christmas gift.
Les Quatres Tours Classique 2016 Rosé (above left) has a crisp and delicate nose with a fruity (strawberry and blackcurrant), floral and citrus (pink grapefruit with lemon) notes. It is a light aromatic Rosé, refreshing and well balanced, and pairs well with salads or starters, cooked and cured meats, pâtés and cold meats. It retails for approximately £10 (Supplier: Friarwood).
Les Petit Diables (the little devil, pictured centre) is a grapefruit pink coloured wine with a very subtle nose and a delicate yet sprightly mouthfeel. It is the ideal wine for aperitifs and light meals, salads, BBQs and with Provençal-style cuisine in general. Perfect for a before-dinner drink with friends. Retails for £11 (Supplier: Lea and Sandeman).
The Hecht & Bannier Côtes de Provence 2016 (pictured above, right) is blended from the finest grapes from the foothills of the surrounding mountains to the high altitude vineyards of Haute-Provence. Their blend is a seductive wine, expressing the mineral and floral undertones (fennel, anise and purple flowers) of the famous Provence Rosés. Pair with fougasse, some anchovies and even some Salonenque olives. Retails for £12.90 (Supplier: Morgenrot).
Provence Rosé has a reputation for being more of a summer wine, but I am hoping to convince you that it makes for a wonderful festive wine and a great gift idea too. Just picture it, you’ve got your cheeseboard with all your favourite things laid out on the coffee table, glass of Rosé is poured, you’ve got your cosy slippers on and your favourite Christmas film is just about to begin on the telly.
What more can you ask for? 🙂
Wishing you all the best for the festive season, and may 2018 be the best year yet for you!
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