Experience Pays d’Oc IGP Wines: Delicious And Affordable

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

Paired with:

Gerard Bertrand, Gris Blanc 2014



market mushroom, poached organic egg, soy-truffle butter



Cauliflower and rice croquettes, quince purée

Paired with:

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


roasted carrots, queso fresco, oranges, escarole, pepitas

Paired with:

Pierrick Harang – La Rousse Malbec 2014

Barton & Guestier – B&G Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2014


Housemade chorizo, morcilla, strip & skirt steaks served with fresh chimi, salsa criolla, papas fritas and ensalada

Paired with:

Domaine Gayda – Figure Libre Cabernet Franc 2011

Vinadeis – Reserve Sainte Olive 2013



Prioche, dulce de leche, berries

Paired with:

Domaine de Brau – Blanc de Brau 2014

Calmel & Joseph – Villa Blanche Syrah 2014


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