Wine by the Book!

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Wine by the Book!

A pairing of wine and words
just for book groups!

In Wine by the Book!, Laurie Forster, The Wine Coach® and author of The Sipping Point: A Crash Course in Wine, pairs words and wine just for book groups.  Laurie explores wines from regions found in book group picks – and she gives general tips on wine essentials, including how to order wine at dinner, simplify food pairings, handle awkward wine moments, and even bounce back the morning after!

For your next gathering, why not pair a book selection from Reading Group Choices with a wine choice from Wine by the Book!

"Over a bottle of wine many a friend is found" —Old Jewish proverb



This month, Laurie suggests some wine parings for your discussion of
Chez Moi
Agnes Desarthe.

No wine seems more misunderstood or mistreated than Rosé.  In the red and white world of wine it seems there is no room for pink.  When did this campaign against pink begin?  Most likely it is a backlash from the California White Zinfandel craze of the 1980’s.  Light, sweet and easy to consume, White Zinfandel bares no resemblance to the French Rosés that inspired them.  Try this exercise; close your eyes and imagine the flavors of watermelon, luscious strawberries, or a ripe peach with the crisp finish you get from a white wine like Sauvignon Blanc.  That is traditional Rosé.   

So what accounts for our pink aversion? Maybe it is just simply the color.  Consider this; a French study in 2001 by Gil Morot concluded that our perceptions of wine and its flavors or aromas are prejudiced by its color.  In this study, participants tasted a white wine and described melons, honey and citrus.  The same wine was then colored red and participants perceived common aromas found in red wine.  It turns out our brains are prone to what he calls unconscious synaesthesia where our senses become confused based on the wine’s color.  This confusion along with our memories of White Zin color our opinions before take our first sip.

So if you are ready to start trying some great Rosé you’ll be happy to know that it is made all over the world.  The south of France is probably the region we most associate with Rosé .  Provence has formed an identity from this pink drink and areas in the Loire, Rhone Valley and Bordeaux also produce their versions of Rosé  from the red grapes they are best known for.  Some of the most exciting Rosé s of late come from Spain, California and believe it or not Greece. 

Once you have found a Rosé that you want to savor, don’t forget that its food friendliness is one of its best qualities.  Its fuller body allows it to handle food pairings that might overwhelm a white.  Crisp acidity ensures that it can withstand dishes with a good amount of salt and dishes that use acidic ingredients like vinegars or goat cheese.  Some of the natural partners for dry Rosé include appetizers, salads, seafood, white meats, ham, a bowl of fresh berries and even dishes with a bit of spiciness.  Sauces that include garlic, tomatoes or olives are also no problem for a crisp Rosé .

Try one of these French Rosés as you read Chez Moi:

Domaine de Corbillères Pinot Noir Rosé 2007 (Loire Valley, France)
Salmon-colored, this Rosé has flavors of peaches and watermelon with a crisp finish making it extremely food-friendly.  Made from 100% Pinot Noir, it would be great with seafood or an array of appetizers. 
Retail Price: $10.99

Domaine de Gournier Rosé 2007 (Rhône Valley, France)
This Rosé has a beautiful deep pink with intense strawberry flavors that you can taste on and on!  Great paired with salad, seafood, a dessert of fresh berries or just a few girlfriends. 
Retail Price: $9.99

Click here to find other Rosés in your area.

About Laurie:

Laurie Forster
After a successful career in software sales, Laurie decided she was ready for a life change. Through working with a life coach, Laurie began to realize that her biggest passions—wine and people—could be parlayed into a new career. In 2002, she began her wine career in Manhattan where she studied with the American Sommelier Association to obtain her certificate in Viticulture and Vinification.  Concurrently, she trained as a life coach with Coach U, the leading global provider of coach training programs and is presently a member of the International Coaching Federation.

As The Wine Coach®, Laurie creates unique corporate team building events, group tasting seminars and culinary tours. She is dedicated to demystifying wine—one glass at a time, helping build successful teams as well as ensuring that everyone has an inspiring time at her events. She’s a sparkling presenter, highly skilled at engaging every wine lover—from beginners to wine enthusiasts.

Laurie is a regular columnist in several magazines, a sought after speaker and guest expert on radio stations across the country. Her weekly radio show “Something to Wine About®” can be heard on WCEI 96.7 FM and WBAL 1090AM or on demand. Laurie is also serving as national spokesperson for the “Pour on The Joy” campaign sponsored by Lindemans® Wines where she is helping people increase their happiness by making the wine-joy connection. Laurie’s first book The Sipping Point: A Crash Course in Wine, reflects her fresh perspective on wine education and has already received rave reviews.