Best between $10-$15
2012 Domaine de Figueirasse "Gris de Gris" Sables de Camargue France: Tautly tied with bracing acidity, scents of mineral, juicy watermelon and cranberry fruit. $11-$13
Best over $20
2012 Domaine Moreux Rosé "Cuvee de Lys" Sancerre Loire France: All pinot noir, soft and plush, but wraps it up in a crisp finish. $20-$22
Goat cheese and basil stuffed grilled peppers
Prep: 10 minutes
Chill: 30 minutes
Note: Try this recipe for a delicious pairing with any rosé wine.
5 to 6 ounces creamy goat cheese
10 chopped basil leaves
½ clove garlic, minced
1 chopped shallot
1/2 teaspoon salt
Freshly ground black pepper
6 grilled peppers*
6 sprigs chervil, chopped, or chopped fresh thyme leaves
Mix the cheese with the basil, garlic and shallot in a bowl until blended. Season with salt and pepper. Rinse peppers; pat dry. Stuff with cheese mixture; wrap in plastic wrap. Chill. Serve garnished with chervil and a drizzle of olive oil.
*For the peppers, look for grilled piquillo peppers in jars. Or roast and skin small red bell peppers.
Source: Provenance: Recipe from Hachette Pratique: Those Provence Rosé Moments
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Bill St John has been writing and teaching about wine for more than 40 years.
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