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Summer Picnic, Grilling and Outdoor Dining Pairings

Summer Picnic, Grilling and Outdoor Dining Pairings

LGC & TCR Food and Wine Pairings

We believe that bubbles and rosé go with virtually everything.  They are subtle, have a nice level of acid and a balance of dryness with a hint of fruit on the finish. 

Recommended Pairing for our Sparkling Wine & Rosé

Très Chic Rosé  (TCR) – Pairs stunningly with shellfish, grilled meats, salmon, sushi, charcuterie, pizza, creamy sauces, mild cheeses and spiced dishes such as Asian or Latin cuisine.

Le Grand Courtâge Blanc de Blancs Brut (LGC Blanc) – A versatile accompaniment that is very cuisine & cocktail friendly. Try it with savory hors d’oeuvres, buttered Popcorn, creamy pasta dishes, fried chicken, spicy Asian dishes, seafood, fruit-based desserts or semi-soft cheese.

Le Grand Courtâge Brut Rosé  (LGC Rosé) – These rosé compliments an array of foods.  Try it with spicy Asian dishes, risotto, BBQ, beef, lamb, duck, game, chicken, prosciutto, seafood, pizza or soft cheese (like brie or goat). 

  1. Grilled Chicken- LGC Blanc de Blanc, Tres Chic, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Zinfandel
  2. Steak- Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Bordeaux, Zinfandel, LGC Blanc
  3. Burgers- LGC Rose, Syrah, Beaujolais, Cotes du Rhone, Cava
  4. Hot Dogs- LGC Blanc, Grüner Veltliner, Pinot Noir
  5. Grilled Seafood- LGC Blanc de Blanc, LGC Rose, Tres Chic, Muscadet, Gewurztraminer, Viognier, Semillon
  6. Charcuterie- LGC Blanc de Blanc, LGC Rose, Pinot Gris
  7. Olives – LGC Blanc de Blanc, LGC Rose, Tres Chic
  8. Fruit Salad or Melon/ Proscuito – LGC Blanc de Blanc, LGC Rose, Tres Chic
  9. Cheese-
  • LGC Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon- Aged Gouda, Edam
  • LGC Blanc de Blanc/ LGC Rose– Parmesan
  • Tres Chic- Gruyere
  • Riesling- Ricotta
  • Malbec- Aged Cheddar
  • LGC Rose, Tres Chic, Pinot Noir- Brie, Camembert
  • LGC Rose, Tres Chic – Soft Goat Cheese
  • LGC Blanc – Gorgonzola, Baby Swiss
  • Tres Chic – Feta
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Healthy Cocktail Recipes For Summer

Healthy Cocktails Are The Key To Your 2021 Summer

Because we know how badly you need it.

Emerging beverage trends are health-conscious and ‘healthier for you’ and include lower ABV &/or alcohol-free liquor alternatives. We created healthy cocktails centered around emerging flavor trends and functional, better-for-you ingredients with fresh flavors of blood orange, grapefruit, guava, hibiscus, passionfruit, basil, figs & Japanese yuzu, fragrant florals such as orange or cherry blossom & elderflower, interesting flavor combinations like sweet & heat, ‘immunity boosting’ ingredients including elderberry, hibiscus, echinacea, ginger, turmeric, kombucha, ginger, lavender and low sugar/sugar alternatives: natural syrups, fruit purées, Manuka honey & organic agave.

Low calorie alcohol is the foundation in which Le Grand Courtage wines was built. It was, and still is, the forefront mentality of our mission to provide luxury wine you can feel good about consuming. So, we have definitely done our fair share of research on health-conscious, low calorie cocktails; and we would love to share that with the world.

No & Low-Alcohol Spirit Alternative brands we love: @Ritual @Seedlip @Monday @Lyres @Wilderton & @Amass

Check out these low calorie cocktails here: Healthy Cocktail Recipes

Health conscious cocktails

Photo credit: Camille Styles https://camillestyles.com/

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Top Food Pairings for Sparkling Wine

Top Food Pairings for Sparkling Wine

The best food pairings for sparkling wine will normally consist of richer foods. Rich foods and those which are greasy, fat, fried or spicy are perfect compliments as both the acidity and effervescence help to balance heavier foods. Many in the industry call sparkling wine the ’scrubbing bubbles’ for the palate as it perfectly cleanses the tongue in between bites.  

Our Le Grand Courtage Blanc de Blancs Brut or Brut Rose are both perfect compliments to the below as our crisp, light and refreshing French sparklers are cuisine and cocktail friendly. 

Appetizers 

  • Almonds 
  • Buttered or Truffled Popcorn
  • Cocktail Sausages 
  • Duck fat French fries 
  • Egg Rolls & Spicy Asian appetizers 
  • Egg-based hors d’oeuvres 
  • Olives 
  • Potato Chips 
  • Prosciutto-wrapped Appetizers 
  • Fried Mushrooms 
  • Stuffed Mushrooms  
  • Vegetables 

Cheeses 

  • Brie  
  • Cheddar 
  • Goat 
  • Gouda
  • Parmesan 

Seafood 

  • Crab Rangoons 
  • Fish Tacos 
  • Lobster 
  • Raw Oysters 
  • Shellfish 
  • Shrimp 
  • Smoked Salmon 
  • Sushi 
  • Crab 

 Asian 

  • Anything spicy – Pad Thai, Curry

Pizza 

  • Pizza Quattro Formaggi or Bianca 
  • Prosciutto and Burrata Pizza 
  • Wild Mushroom Pizza 

 Meat 

  • Bacon 
  • BBQ (esp Rosé) 
  • Beef or Pork Sliders 
  • Brisket Chili 
  • Duck 
  • Chicken 
  • Game 
  • Foie Gras 
  • Fried Chicken 
  • Lamb 
  • Prosciutto 
  • Ribs 
  • Roasted Chicken 
  • Salami 
  • Sweet Breads 

Brunch  

  • Eggs Benedict 
  • Mushroom, Bacon Omelets 
  • Frittatas 
  • Scrambled Eggs 
  • Brioche French Toast with maple syrup (blanc) berry syrup (rosé)

Pasta

  • Butternut Squash Ravioli 
  • Macaroni & Cheese with bread crumb crust 
  • Pastas with cream or mushroom sauces 
  • Risotto with mushroom sauce 

Dessert 

  • Angel Food Cake 
  • Berries 
  • Cheesecake 
  • White Chocolate   
  • Fruit-Based Desserts and Tarts 
  • Mascarpone Cheese 
  • Shortbread Cookies 
  • Toffee, rocca,  
  • Salted caramels 
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French Sparkling Wine Production + Winemaking Notes

French Sparkling Wine Production + Wine Making Notes

French sparkling wine, what is it? How is it made? How does it taste? We’re giving you the quickest wine lesson by covering the basics with simplification. Because all you need are three fun facts to be the wine connoisseur of the friend group.

In simple terms, sparkling wine is a carbonated, fizzy wine that can be made from red or white grapes. The carbonation is a natural occurrence and the result that comes from the second fermentation process. And French sparkling wine, is carbonated wine produced from- you guessed it: France. To get an idea on how French sparkling wine is made, we’ll walk you through our production method as to how our French sparkling wine at Le Grand Courtage is made, and the winemaking notes produced from that.

For our French sparkling wine production, we wanted something crisp, light and refreshing with a perfect balance of dryness and acidity to offset the yeast and classic attributes of French champagne. Our goal was something approachable, affordable and versatile.  

HARVEST – our grapes are strategically picked earlier to yield higher acid and lower sugar, which provide more fruit components. Following the harvest they are then gently pressed.

PRODUCTION

Primary Fermentation

  • The initial base wines and the clear juice are fermented in steel tanks separately.
  • Base wines are then blended for the ‘assemblage” to produce the final “Cuvee” which is not yet drinkable due to its high acidity content.
  • The cuvée, is assembled, using wines from various vineyards, and, for non-vintage like ours, sometimes various years.
  • Maintain a constant 51 degrees to slow fermentation and produce a clean, crisp finish.

Secondary Fermentation

  • The blended base wine has yeast and a small amount of sugar, called the liqueur de tirage.
  • Yeast converts the added sugar into alcohol and carbon dioxide (CO2) bubbles.
  • The amount of added sugar determines the pressure – ours is 5-6 atmosphere.  (equals 4 car tires or 100 mi/hr).

Bottling

  • Dosage added before the cork, the liquid level is topped up with liqueur d’expédition – a mixture of the base wine and sucrose.
  • The amount of sugar in the liqueur d’expédition determines the sweetness, the sugar previously in the wine having been consumed in the second fermentation.
  • Generally, sugar is added to balance the high acidity of sparkling, rather than to produce a sweet taste. 

THE BLENDS

Blanc de Blancs Brut

Chardonnay imparts depth and complexity for the overall balance while Colombard’s higher acidity provides structure, length and a pleasant minerality that is supplemented by the Ugni Blanc’s fruit profile. The Chenin Blanc lends citrus and hints of honey for a creamy texture.

FLAVOR PROFILE – Crisp, light, refreshing with baby bubbles & a hint of Meyer lemon, honeydew & soft floral notes on the finish to balance the dryness, yeast and acidity. This affordable sparkler is cuisine, cocktail and consumer friendly.

AROMAS – Hints of green apple, honeysuckle and toasted brioche.

TECHNICAL NOTES – Alcohol: 11.5%; Residual Sugar: 10 g/liter; Ferment: Steel Tank at 51° F; pH: 3.3Acidity: 4 g/100mL

APPELLATION – France: Le Grand Courtâge offers a Vin Mousseux sourced from notable terroirs such as Burgundy, Languedoc and Loire Valley. Produced in Nuits-Saint-Georges.

Brut Rosé

Chardonnay provides depth and structure to the wine, while the Ugni Blanc offers natural acidity and freshness. The light bodied Gamay provides vibrant youthful fruit expressions reminiscent of wild berries and flowers amongst the French countryside on a warm summer day.

FLAVOR PROFILE – A delicate balance of dryness and acidity lingers with flavors of wild berries and pomegranate alongside soft floral notes. Crisp, light, refreshing with delicate bubbles.

AROMAS – Bright aromas of fresh strawberry and raspberry combine with notes of lilac and violet.

TECHNICAL NOTES – Alcohol: 11.5%; Residual Sugar: 12 g/liter; Ferment: Steel Tank at 51° F; pH: 3.25Acidity: 3.7 g/100mL

APPELLATION – France: Le Grand Courtâge offers a Vin Mousseux sourced from notable terroirs such as Burgundy, Languedoc and Beaujolais. Produced in Nuits-Saint-Georges.

We created a Vin Mousseux as we believe this allows for more consistency in the style that is cuisine, cocktail and consumer friendly and offers an affordable price for French bubbles. LGC is not as light & sweet as prosecco nor as dry & yeasty as champagne – ultimately, we believe our wine style is very quaffable and consumer friendly.

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