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DRINK: 2017 Chateau Thivin Beaujolais Brouily “Reverdon"
EAT: Pork Fried Rice
PLAY: “Chinese Food” – Biz Markie
The nose on this wine will make you smile. It’s like someone came home from the farmers market with a big basket of strawberries and ripe cherries and opened the top and said, “smell this!” Gamay, vines 45 years old, pink granite, sand, whole-cluster fermentation for 8 days, aged 8 months in concrete tank. Incredible aromatics and a serious structure that seems more like Pinot Noir than Gamay. But this is the village of Brouilly, and like Morgon, it is one of the “brooding” more structured crus of the Beaujolais region in the most southern portion of Burgundy. It ain’t your momma’s Beaujolais Nouveau.
Gamay is such a versatile grape to pair with food. It’s a wonderful pairing with roast chicken, grilled sausages, duck, and turkey and cranberries on Thanksgiving of course. For me, this is the wine I would always take to a Chinese restaurant, as it is so wonderful with nearly every course from garlic green beans, and pork dumplings, to shaking beef and broccoli, and my favorite barbequed pork fried rice. So skip the tea and bring this bottle of Beaujolais!
The rapper Biz Markie, known as “The Clown Prince of Hip Hop” had a huge hit in the 1980’s with the song “Just A Friend”. You’re probably humming to yourself right now. Biz has made so many funny songs over the years, and this rap about eating Chinese food not only makes me laugh, but really makes me want to run down to Yuet Lee in San Francisco to pig out on some killer late night food!
- Chris Blanchard, MS