Domaine André Brunel
Vin de pays du Vaucluse
One of my great joys in life is a little honest French country wine. Simple and inexpensive, this wine is made from the Grenache varietal and is modest in its origins, coming from the southern Rhône area of Vaucluse.
This wine gains greatly from its creator: the Domaine André Brunel. A top tier and progressive winery specializing in Châteauneuf du Pape, this simple country wine receives all the attention its bigger and much more expensive siblings receive. Simple wines from great producers are often hard to find, or carry a premium. Not the case here. Priced for a Monday night and plenty to go around...a steal at $10.
Tomme Fort St. Antoine
A wonderful raw milk tomme that is the perfect accompaniment to a nice glass of red wine. The rind is washed with Eau de Vie for sixth months, then left to mature until it is one year old. This Tomme is slightly ripe to the nose and nutty in taste and texture. A quintessential cheese of the Jura area of France.
Tasmanian French Lavender Honey
$16.50 for 400g
Yes, that's right. French Lavender from Australia. And not it's not Lavender "flavored"...those Aussie bees get pollen from those French bushes in Australia.
Just the right amount of sweetness and an unctuous mouth-feel are the hallmarks of this great honey.
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