New York City just celebrated its first Pay d’Oc Wine Week where there was copious French wine for affordable prices at twenty five restaurants. Vin de Pays d’Oc are from the Languedoc-Roussillon area in Mediterranean France. This region alone produces 840 million bottles of wine a year.
If you missed the wine week, it’s all good. You can still get these delicious wines at your local wine stores. All you have to do is look for Pay d’Oc on the label. Vin de pays means “country wine” in French. These wines are above table wines but below AOC level wines. Basically it means you get quality wine at a very affordable price. The winemakers who make these wines also have more freedom with what they put in the bottles. That makes for very exciting blends.
I was invited to a Pays d’OC IGP Lunch at Balvanera on the Lower East Side. I got to experience nine Vin de Pays paired with Argentine cuisine from Chef/Owner Fernando Navas. All of the wines on the menu were food friendly and under $13 bucks. I recommend any and all of them depending on your mood.
Humita- sweet corn, roasted red pepper, provolone, aji amarillo
Gerard Bertrand, Gris Blanc 2014
market mushroom, poached organic egg, soy-truffle butter
Cauliflower and rice croquettes, quince purée
Cave des Vignerons de Saint Chinian- Seigneur Jean de Roze Chardonnay 2014
Domaine de Nizas – Le Mazet Blanc 2014
soft & crispy sweetbreads, grape mustard, peppercress, oranges
ZANAHORIA Al HORNO
roasted carrots, queso fresco, oranges, escarole, pepitas
Pierrick Harang – La Rousse Malbec 2014
Barton & Guestier – B&G Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2014
AN AFTERNOON ASADO
Housemade chorizo, morcilla, strip & skirt steaks served with fresh chimi, salsa criolla, papas fritas and ensalada
Domaine Gayda – Figure Libre Cabernet Franc 2011
Vinadeis – Reserve Sainte Olive 2013
Prioche, dulce de leche, berries
Domaine de Brau – Blanc de Brau 2014
Calmel & Joseph – Villa Blanche Syrah 2014