Tasty, Cheap French Eats!
It’s no secret that I’ve been on an Alsatian riesling kick for the past few months. The wine is just so tasty and easy to pair with a variety of seafood and poultry dishes. I make sure to always maintain a bottle at home for easy food pairings.
Taking notice of my recent Alsatian wine obsession, Ashley recently surprised me with a box from Trader Jaques (Trader Joe’s) that contained one frozen Alsatian style tarte à l’oignon. (Alsatian style onion tart) I took it as an invitation to do a write up for le blog, so that’s exactly what I’ve done!
Initially I had thought of pairing up the tart with a bottle of 2013 Willm Grand Cru Kirchberg De Barr riesling. But at a $23 price point I thought that it would be overkill to pair up with a frozen tart. So in keeping with the spirit of meals on a budget, I decided to take home a bottle of 2015 La Petite Perrière sauvignon blanc which can be had at a reasonable $10.
The tart comes frozen in its own aluminum tray that can be placed directly in a conventional oven. The directions state that the tart should be cooked for 30 minutes which is just too much time in my book. Nonetheless, I decided to be patient and pop open the wine while serenading the tart with some Radiohead hits on my guitar. (Btw, I think that Decks Dark is just a hauntingly, beautiful song.)
La Petite Perrière comes from the Loire Valley in western France, home to some of the best Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé wines. At $10, one should not expect much, but in my opinion this wine over-delivers! Bright, crisp apple and pear flavors with just the right amount of acidity are showcased in this little sauvignon blanc. The finish is best described as tangy.
After letting the tart cool off for a couple of minutes, I decided to attack it with my new pizza slicer. Thanks Santa! First impression? Quoi? Quelle surprise! It tastes like French onion soup! I’m a big fan so this was just exceptional. The addition of a flaky crust rounded out what I would call a pretty tasty snack. The directions state that it should be served as an amuse-bouche. Umm, no. I’m not that fancy and neither is the tart. So I cut myself an even bigger slice and took it to the living room to watch the Rangers hockey game on TV.
Would I go to my local Trader Jaques to seek one of these tarts out? Not quite. Nonetheless, if I saw it behind the glass at the frozen food section while doing my other food shopping, I would definitely be tempted to pick one up. Recommend!
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This entry is the first in a series we are calling “Wine down Wednesday.” Every Wednesday we will be reviewing a brand new wine. At times the review will include food pairings such as the one in the post above. Want us to review a specific wine? Let us know! We will do it so you don’t have to!