If you love French wine and cheese, take it outside this year and go on picnic! There are so many delicious things to bring, including some fabulously affordable French wines and cheeses that I can’t wait to introduce you to!
I am celebrating Bastille Day with my friends at the French Agricultural Board on July 14th with a special celebration of French wines, cheeses, and salts! I made a delicious curried chicken salad to bring along. That yummy recipe is further down the post :-).
If you recall my last post about French wines and cheeses, you will know how much I love French wines and cheeses. I know that sometimes people have a stereotype stuck in our minds that French wines and cheeses are expensive. This couldn’t be further from the truth! Every wine, cheese, and even the salts in this post are not only really affordable, but they TASTES expensive!
Mr. Fearless Dining and I are headed out for a picnic with our goodies to try them out in a natural setting. The weather here in the Bay Area has been perfect, and we have our picnic backpack packed and ready to go.
What am I bringing on our picnic?
Let’s start with the French wines!
Beaujolais region first and George Duboeuf wines. George Duboeuf is a family owned winery in the heart of the Beaujolais region of France. George Duboeuf is considered the “King of Beaujolais”. Check out their Instagram or Facebook accounts for more inspiration!
We have two wines from this popular winery. First up today is the Beaujolais-Villages 2015. The Beaujolais is a light wine with notes of bright juicy cherries and raspberries. This wine has a smooth velvety mouth feel, and a touch of cinnamon at the end. It pairs beautifully with chicken, seafood, and French cheeses.
Also from George Duboeuf winery is their Pouilly-Fuissé 2015. It is made with chardonnay grapes and when you give it a sniff, has aromas of roasted almonds, peach and pear. It also pairs with chicken, seafood, and French cheeses beautifully.
Next are wines from Saget la Perrière in the Loire Valley. Their winery showcases a variety of wines including Sancerre, Chinon, Vouvray, Anjou and Muscadet. Marie de Beauregard Vouvray 2015 is made from 100% chenin blanc. This wine has notes of mineral followed by a burst of ripe pear, acacia honey, candied fruits and lemon. Talk about delicious cold!!
The Chinon 2015 is another delicious wine from Saget la Perrière. Its palate is well-balanced with silky tannins elegantly bearing notes of stewed sweet spices, highlighted with a hint of vanilla.
All of these wines pair beautifully with cheeses I received from Ile de France®. St. Andre is one of the best brie cheeses I have ever tasted. It is creamy smooth and just melted in my mouth. It is fabulous with these wines! And if you love blue cheeses, St. Agur is made from cow’s milk. These special cows graze on over 120 types of flowers, and it really shows in the flavor! This blue cheese is delicious in salads, and even on top of a steak!!
I used the French salts from La Baleine to make this easy curried chicken salad with plums. Their sea salts are environmentally friendly, harvested using sustainable methods. La Baleine was the first sea salt in the US market more than 30 years ago before it became “fashion food”. The grey salt is hand harvested and believe it or not, is only $3.99 a bottle!!
You are going to love how easy this curried chicken salad is to make!
Add all of your ingredients in a bowl. I used rotisserie chicken in this salad, but you can use grilled or roasted chicken too.
Mix up all of the ingredients and let sit for 10 minutes so the flavors can all blend together and soak into the chicken.
How to make curried chicken salad:
Quick and easy curried chicken salad
- 2 cups cooked chicken
- 1/3 cup celery chopped
- 1/3 cup plum chopped
- 1/4 cup mayonnaise
- 1 teaspoon curry powder
- 1 teaspoon turmeric
- 1/2 teaspoon French grey salt
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/4 cup red onion
In a bowl, add chopped cooked chicken, and all other ingredients.
Mix well and allow to sit for 10 minutes so the flavors can soak into the chicken.
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