Monthly Archives: September 2015

French Words: Pompette

September 29, 2015

French Words: Pompette |

To know me is to know that I am a lush.

Just the other day a co-worker called me out, “I feel like all your stories start with: This one time I was in a bar…” While he’s absolutely correct, the funny thing is he’s ten years younger so shouldn’t it be the other way around? Also, note to self: re-evaluate storytelling policy at work.

Anyway, I digress. I’m the lush who received all alcohol-related gifts at my bridal shower and all wine-related cards for my last birthday. So, inevitably, my French friends like to tease me with alcohol-related words.

Pompette is a cute way to say that you are tipsy. It’s an adjective that reminds me of a bubbly cheerleader who’s had a few glasses of champagne (probably something to do with the whole pom pom thing).

It’s also way nicer than pochetronne (or pochtron for guys), the nickname given to me by our first French roommate. This word translates as drunkard, and conjures up an image of a village drunk with a potbelly and a big, red nose.

For obvious reasons, I prefer the pompette teasing to the pochetronne teasing. However, I’m naturally easy-going and will go along with either nickname, especially if I’m a little tipsy on account of some good, cheap wine.

Wine Review: Maison Louis Latour “Duet” Chardonnay Viognier

September 15, 2015

Wine Review: Maison Louis Latour “Duet” Chardonnay Viognier |

Wine: Maison Louis Latour “Duet” Chardonnay Viognier
Country: France
Retailer: Trader Joe’s
Price: $9.99

Labor day has come and gone but the summer is still blazing here in Southern California. Though rosé continues to be a constant presence at our dinner table, we’ve been mixing it up with some white wines like the Maison Louis Latour “Duet”. It’s a blend of 70% chardonnay and 30% viognier from Burgundy, France.

One sniff and you could be transported to our backyard. Imagine that we just mowed the lawn (ahhhh, freshly cut grass) and you’re taking in the smell of our lemon tree. This smell is fresh and cooling, and somehow making you feel like it’s nice 70 ºF out instead of friggin’ 97 ºF with Florida-like humidity.

At first taste it’s slightly acidic and dry with lots of citrus and floral notes. Then you taste something bold; it’s almost like butterscotch but not that sweet. It reminds you of those dried apricots where all the sugars have caramelized so that it’s kind of moist, rich, and oh-so-buttery (aka like one of nature’s gummy bears).

Food-wise, you could pair this white blend with something creamy like a simple Caesar salad with grilled chicken or a white fish with a butter-based sauce. Pasta dishes also come to mind; I’ve been dying to try this rigatoni pasta dish that uses both lemon juice and lemon zest in addition to this saffron pappardelle. Enjoy, and cheers!

French Connections

September 8, 2015

French Connections |

Did everyone have a lovely three-day weekend? My weekend was particularly lazy with lots of magazine flipping and wine sipping. Not that I’m complaining! Here’s a list of Frenchie-inspired links for all you Francophiles out there:

Rosé is crazy popular so now there is a rosé shortage. Noooooo!
• Great video how-to on classic French Onion Soup.
• We need to plan a party so I can make this modern cheese plate.
• Been listening to this song on repeat.
An ode to 99-cent Dijon mustard.
• Wine blending is hard work: One couple lives to tell the tale.
• I might just have to order this book. #guiltypleasures
• All the best of Julia Child in one place.
• A $7 Côtes du Rhône with character? Get thee to a Costco.
• Putting the punk rock into Washington wine.