Saturday, January 16, 2016

Vol au Vent with a 2014 Chablis for #FrenchWinophiles

Sunday I shared with you that I had made Vol au Vent for our Weekends in a French Kitchen group. What I didn't share was that since I was serving up a French meal I decided to pair it with my wine choice for this months French Winophiles group.

Our assignment this month was the region of Burgundy or Bourgogne.  I did some research and learned that the Burgundy region uses only 2 varietals.  Pinot Noir for the Red wines and Chardonnay for the White wines.  The typical pairing and classic dish from this region is Coq au Vin with Red Burgundy.  I love Coq au Vin and thought about buying a red and staying traditional but then I got my Weekends in a French Kitchen assignment and decided to go with a white.

I went to the store searching for a Cotes de Beaune Chardonnay.  It is a heavier wine and is aged in oak barrels.  I love an oaky chardonnay.  The wine store didn't have any oaked Chardonnays on the shelf  but recommended the 2014 Chablis from Albert Bichot winery located in the Cotes de Beaune district.  The Bichot family moved to Burgundy in the 1300's.  In 1831 they moved to a new home south of Beaune.  Then the great grandson moved the headquarters to Beaune at the end of the 19th century.  This information gleaned from Wine.com where you can purchase this bottle of wine for $22.99.  This is slightly more than what I paid for this wine at my local International Market, Randazzo's.



This is a beautiful pale and crisp wine that paired very well with the Chicken and Mushroom Vol au Vent. I never realized that Chablis was made from Chardonnay grapes. That is one of the great things about this group.  France has been making wines for thousands of years as opposed to the USA which is such a young Country.  I am learning so much more about wines, vintners and varietals since exploring France.

My daughter, knowing that I am learning about French Wines gave me this wonderful sampler 4 pack for Christmas.


I am very anxious to try them and do some more food pairings.  We just did Languedoc so I am hoping some of the other regions come up soon. (hint, hint)

We would love for you to join us.  Next month we are exploring Alsace.  I am not familiar at all with this region and am anxious to investigate and learn.  Just buy a bottle of wine from this region, pair it with a dish and share it with us on the third Sunday of the month.  See you there.


Here are our other Burgundy pairings this month








14 comments:

  1. Wendy, so glad you enjoyed your Chablis, even without any oak. It looks like a great choice for your Vol au Vent!

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  2. I love your sampler pack of wine. Great pairing and delicious wine!

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    1. Me too Michelle. I can't wait to start sampling LOL

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  3. That looks fabulous, Wendy. I'm jealous of your 4-pack of wines. Cheers!

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  4. Beautiful pairing Wendy! I love the sampler pack too! I'm having so much fun learning about this. The Vol au Vent was on my menu last week until Sous Chef cooked the chicken and gave it to the dogs. I can't wait to try that!

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    1. Hah...sounds like something that would happen around here. These dogs think they own the place LOL

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  5. Looks like you found a winner Wendy! And you're so right about these groups we're a part of. It's a great opportunity to learn more about wine...and food!

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  6. I love these groups. I love the people in them, the subject matter and most of all the research!

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  7. I love your wine posts! I learn a lot from you. Now if only I could have a taste!!

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    1. How I would love to sit and share a bottle of wine with you.

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  8. Looks and sounds delicious. I'm planning on doing the Vol au Vent as a make up soon as you did without the sweetbreads.

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    1. It is really delicious Joan and you can fill them with virtually anything you want.

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