La Vieille Ferme Recolte 2012 $9.99
[Abbreviated from back of bottle] This full-bodied and fruity wine comes from vines grow high on the flops of mount ventoux, one of the best vineyards in the Rhone valley…..A blend of Grenache, Syrah, Carignan, and Chateu de grapes……..full of fruit and spice aromas, it has soft tannins and good body.
La Tournette French Raclette Cheese $7.61
[I made this up after minimal research] La Tournette is a mountain in France and Raclette is the process of scraping off the melted part of cheese for a meal. So, while I couldn’t find a direct definition for this cheese I imagine this is made in the mountain region and meant for melting.
Wine Review- Not too dry or bitter. Pairs well with the cheese. The cheese seems to bring out a sweeter flavor in the wine. A Honeycrisp apple also helps bring out a sweeter flavor in the wine. The wine has a spicier flavor on its own. Of course, the more you drink the better the wine tastes! We did end up drinking the entire bottle so it’s a winner in my book.
Cheese Review- Well, Daughter spit it out. She did not like it. I found it to have a smoky flavor that was quite pleasant with French bread or honeycrisp apple. I wished I’d bought grapes as I thought it would have been an amazing pairing. Alone the cheese is a bit bitter and sharp. Still, not unpleasant.
Ok, so this is our first review. Let me set the scene. I bake the bread, clean my cheese plate, cut the apple and plate everything. The kids can smell food from miles away. As soon as those platters of food hit the table both kids were surrounding it begging to eat. I insisted they clear out so I could get a few pictures with our crappy camera. That achieved, the family crowded around and began eating. It didn’t take long for Ella to end up on the table, the wine had to be removed. Then Ella was removed for fear she would fall off the table. Then we were trying to talk but the kids kept interrupting.
Finally I set both kids up with apples and crayons and we were able to review the wine and cheese. We were also able to laugh a lot about our life as Ella kept trying to color on her hands. I ended up making paper airplanes and reading books. A bottle of wine mellowed us out quite nicely though and we had fun chasing the kids about before researching whales on Youtube.