Monday, February 09, 2009

Palate on Sundays

After little bit of necessary shopping, we stopped by Palate's back wine shop Wine Merchant and found a a lively luscious bunch savoring octopus (yes more octopus!) and garbanzo bean stew over cod topped with garlic aioli and drinking fabulous wines. Ooo-la-la. Huge contrast from the gray clouds outside this weekend. We witnessed chef and owner Octavio Becerra spinning music on his turntables and met French Provence winemaker Magali Combard-Couvignon. She explained that for them, it is the vintification process of Provence that sets wines apar. Her three wines were paired brilliantly with the Sunday stew. My favorite was the Vieilles Vignes made of 75% rolle and 25% semillion varietals - light, minerally, stone fruits. Perfect Sunday surprise.

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