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Chef's Tip: Capers

Capers. These tiny balls are delicious bursts of briny French-countryside flavor. Toss into tomato or cream sauces or atop chicken and fish dishes. Their tart taste pairs especially well with feta cheese, lemon, and anchovies - and brightens any classic, easy to make Salad Niçoise in the recipe section.

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Wine Tip: Color

Have you ever noticed the color of wine varies tremendously, often cluing you in to the age of a wine or perhaps whether it has been aged in oak. Red wines range from pale red to deep brownish red. And white wines aren't actually white - they range from greenish yellow to yellowish brown. So slow down and take a moment to notice the color of, say, Red Bicyclette Chardonnay, before tasting.

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French Décor: Countryside Style

French countryside décor is a combination of comfort, elegance, and functionality. So take a small broken slab of colorful ceramic tile and set it under your drinking glass for a beautiful and rustique coaster. Or take a sturdy, well-shaped jam jar and use it as a drinking glass. Why not use the chipped but still beautiful bud vase to hold your writing pens? It takes only a moment to transform the ordinary.

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Word-a-Day: Boucherie

Boucherie: What a pleasant way to say "butcher"! In the South of France, the local boucherie (boo-share-ee) is a twice-a-week destination for many. Business is brisk, so the meat is always fresh. Get to know your own local butcher and ask for recommendations on the freshest, tastiest cuts. You'll notice the difference.

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Chef's Tip: Meon-Cucumber Water

Bring the French countryside to you this afternoon, by infusing fresh drinking water with lemon and cucumber. Fill a pitcher with spring water, then squeeze and toss in a few lemon wedges along with several thickly sliced cucumber rounds. Set in the réfrigérateur for a half hour, and then serve in your favorite glasses.

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Wine Tip: Chill

Refrigerators do indeed exist in the French countryside. Don't give your white wine a too-chilly reception, however. White wine should be cool enough to refresh but not cold enough to impair its flavors and aromas. A one-hour stay in the fridge or a ten-minute immersion in a bucket filled with equal parts ice and water is enough to deliciously cool a bottle of Red Bicyclette Chardonnay or French Rosé.

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Hand-Me Downs

Your grandmother's mortar and pestle. Your great-aunt's armchair. Your mother's apron. The French love hand-me-downs, cherishing both their sentimental and aesthetic value. Celebrate your own ancestors by incorporating their objects into your décor. Differing styles can be accommodated with a live-and-let-live attitude - or perhaps a slight alteration. Grandma wouldn't mind.

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French Décor: Table Baskets

Use your new reed-woven bowl or that wicker basket of dubious origin. Fill it with the most vibrant organics you can find: a deep purple aubergine (eggplant), a fennel bulb with wispy leaves intact, sprigs of earthy rosemary, elegantly thin carottes and a short vine of bright tomatoes. Set your mélange on the table for a centerpiece natural enough to evoke the countryside.

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Word: Fromage

In France, scarcely a meal passes without fromage (fro-mahje), or cheese. And we're sure it hasn't escaped your notice that cheese pairs exceptionally well with wine. Enjoy a quintessentially French snack, and try these classic wine-cheese pairings: Red Bicyclette Merlot and Camembert, Red Bicyclette Chardonnay and Brie, and Red Bicyclette Syrah and goat cheese. Don't forget the fresh baguette.

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Décor: Radassié

In America, we have the overstuffed couch. In France, they have the radassié - an elegant, cushioned, wooden banquette that seats three or four for a cozy chat. You can create a modified radassié by topping a long bench with an upholstered cushion and placing it in your foyer or hallway. Guests can gather for a private moment away from the party, or sit while they lace up their boots.

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Wine Tip: The Wine List

No whining, when the waiter hands you that utterly confusing wine list. Note the organization instead. Some group wine by varietal, others by country of origin or price. Some lists include tasting notes for each wine, while others simply show brand and vintage. Why not ask your waiter for a recommendation? In Provence, he just might offer a wine crafted from grapes grown nearby.

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Wine Tip: Write It Down

It's fantastique to have a record of the wines you've tasted. Peel off the label (submerge the empty wine bottle in warm water for a few minutes and then remove the label) and store in an album, leaving room on the page for your own personal tasting notes. Was the wine spicy or fruity? Was it bright red or dark mahogany? Note the characteristics you'd like to remember.

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Wine Tip: Plan Ahead

Napoleon planned ahead, so why shouldn't you? Granted, you only have to think about the wine. If you know you'll be dining at a fine restaurant soon, view their wine list before the big night arrives. Many restaurants showcase their list online; others will send you a copy in the mail. Reviewing the list at home allows you to familiarize yourself with how the list is organized (By varietal? Region?) and learn more about the wines that interest you.

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Chef’s Tip: Garlic

French countryside cooks and garlic - c’est true love. So why not bring the love home to you? Toast a buttered baguette slice and then rub a garlic clove over the top before eating. Or add a crushed raw clove to your vinaigrette for extra zest. Or - a simple country favorite - roast a whole garlic head with a light brush of olive oil and share with your significant other. Ooh la la.

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Décor: Stone

The crunch of pebbles beneath a bicycle tire: In the French countryside, that's the equivalent of a doorbell. Your guests, they have arrived! Pebbles and cobbled stones are used for pathways, floors, and even walls. You may not be able to install a pebble path, but you can easily use stone to accent your home. Set a layer of stones in a low bowl and you've created a rustic soap dish. Or, fill the bottom of a tall glass vase with a craggy stones and then add water and wildflowers.

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French Décor: Bowls of Fresh Fruit

It's so French countryside: succulent summer fruit in a rustic terra cotta, copper, or wooden bowl. Fill it with melon, peaches and strawberries, then set on your kitchen counter. There are so many simple ways to bring the French countryside to fruition, after all.

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Décor: Cotton and Color

You've been using paper towels instead of table linens for far too long. Get a few soft cotton napkins in terra cotta red, blue, or yellow. Toss a tablecloth patterned with sunflowers, lemon blossoms, or grape clusters over your table. Bring the colors of the French countryside to you.

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Chef's Tip: Leeks

Take one look at leeks and you may think that giant scallions have taken over the produce aisle. Never fear! Leeks have a delicate onion flavor that the French have learned to harness. Halve and thinly slice the pale parts, rinse in a bowl of water, and remove. Cook in a hot pan over medium-high heat with a big pat of beurre until soft and creamy. Delicious, atop grilled steak and paired with Red Bicyclette Syrah.

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Garden Tip: French Potager

Imagine the scent of an aromatic French meadow on your kitchen counter. Enter the portable potager - a French-style kitchen garden - wherever you live. Find a simple jar large enough to hold your thyme or sage. Most cut herbs can be kept fresh by submerging the stems in water.

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Chef's Tip: Lavender

You may not need to move to the south of France after all. Lavender - the scent that infuses the French countryside in spring - is as close as your local flower shop. Buy a handful. You can crush several blossoms between your fingers and add to crème brûlée (a custard) or roasted potatoes. Try our simple and lovely Roasted Potatoes with Lavender recipe.

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Lifestyle Tip: French Picnic Soireé

Never mind those elaborately planned picnics. In the French countryside, a picnic simply happens. Imagine: You're outdoors with friends. You buy a rustic baguette, brie, a container of olives, apples for slicing at the farmer's market. Then the nearest bench beckons you to lunch in the open air. So go ahead: let your own picnic arise, wherever you live.

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Word-a-day: l’art de vivre

L’art de vivre (laar duh vee•vruh) is the French art of living. Slowing down to enjoy life's little masterpieces, like the fragrance of fresh herbs or the colors of a wildflower bouquet, will make you an artiste of life.

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Chef's Tip: Saucisson

What could be more French than a glass of Red Bicyclette vin and a plate of saucisson (sausage)? In the French countryside, dry-cured sausage makes a merveilleux afternoon snack. Treat your taste buds by setting out slices of sausage with baguette and a crock of Dijon mustard for an easy hors d’oeuvre.

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Chef's Tip: Frisée

Frisée (fri-zay): slender and curly with a delicious hint of bitterness, the feathery frisée is a kind of chicory. Toss a handful with arugula, watercress, and whatever other salad green is within your reach to create mesclun, an oh-so-French-countryside mix of lettuces. Or drizzle extra-virgin olive oil and a sprinkle of lemon juice, salt and pepper over a handful of frisée for a simple pleasure.

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Chef's Tip: Lavender Honey

Spring in Provençe: bees lazily weave through lavender fields, gathering their raw ingredients. Bring the essence of that lazy spring day to you by drizzling lavender honey over your favorite pastries and fresh fruit. You can pick up a jar of this southern French loveliness at your local gourmet grocery, and use it whenever la vie en rose beckons.

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Wine Tip: Filling the Glass

Filling your wine glass to the brim with wine is a definite faux pas. Your glass should be - at most - half full. This will allow you to swirl the wine with grace, and allow the glass to retain the wine's lovely aromas to present them gracefully to your nose.

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Chef's Tip: Sorrel

Sorrel may look like any other leafy green, but it's big in the taste department. French-country cooks use this spinach-like herb to add a deliciously tangy note to dishes. Try it yourself: accent a salad or soup by tossing in a roughly chopped leaf or two. Or, sauté a handful of sorrel in a pan with spinach and butter for a delightfully savory side dish.

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Red Bicyclette Pinot Noir

Nothing reminds you of a relaxing summer afternoon better than a glass of Pinot Noir. Our Red Bicyclette Pinot Noir showcases dark fruit aromas and flavors of black cherry and ripe plum for a smooth, luxurious texture.

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Like the charming lifestyle of Southern France,
Red Bicyclette encourages you to slow down and enjoy life with friends and loved ones.

Our wines are cultivated in the Languedoc-Roussillon region with Old World passion and simplicity. Made from carefully selected grapes prized for their character and balance, the flavor reflects France's famous winemaking expertise, but with a relaxed style.