We are very fortunate to live in a state with 301 miles of coastline. Fresh North Carolina seafood prepared on the grill, in a sauté pan, or oven, makes for a wonderfully delicious and healthy meal. Of course, no seafood dish would be complete without an equally wonderful glass of wine.
A recent pairing brought together wild caught North Carolina shrimp, grilled to perfection, and a bottle of Les Vignes de Bila-Haut, Cotes du Roussillon 2009. Pale yellow in appearance with a medium body, the Les Vignes de Bila-Haut Blanc exhibits the fresh aroma of just-sliced citrus fruit and slate on the nose. This refreshing wine has great acidity and structure on the palate, with plenty of mineral and toast notes on the finish.
The wine is crafted by Michel Chapoutier, one of the most highly respected winemakers in all of France. The Les Vignes de Bila-Haut is a blend of Grenache Blanc, Grenache Gris and Macabeu grape varietals from the Roussillon region. The Roussillon region is located deep in the south of France, close to the border of Spain.
In addition to seafood, the Les Vignes de Bila-Haut, Cotes du Roussillon 2009 should pair equally well with a variety of salads, grilled poultry and Asian cuisine. You can find this wine locally at “SIP…a wine store” in Cary.
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