Defy the Season with a Corsican Rosé
I know it’s totally gauche to drink rosé in the winter but I’m sick of all the red wine that has been sloshed around lately. I hate how red wine puts me to sleep with a goofy blue grin across my face. It’s just creepy. Besides in the dead of winter, it’s nice to pretend every once in a while that it it’s not so miserably cold and gray outside.
Last summer at Resto Zinc on Rue de la Roquette, Yann, the resto’s owner and wine connoisseur, introduced us to a delightfully smooth Domaine d’Alzipratu Cuvée Fiumeseccu Rosé from Corsica. We were all instantly hooked. Apparently when it comes to rosé, Corsica is where it’s at. So what better place to try out more Corsican wines than the Corsican trattoria Terra Corsa on Rue des Martyrs in the 9th. A few weeks back some friends invited me there for drinks and planche (or meat and cheese board) but as usual I was late and only got to peak inside before we went on to the next watering hole. I did notice though that they had bottles of Fiumeseccu rosé though for slightly more than what we paid last summer at our local wine bar.
Flash-forward to today, an unusually bitter day in Paris, the kind when the weather seems to flirt with the idea of real snow by sending down nearly imperceptible little flakes. Since it’s almost February, most loathed of months, I thought it a wise precautionary measure to load up on some defiantly summery bottles. We headed over to Rue des Martyrs and picked up a few bottles, two rosés and a rouge (mostly so we didn’t look like the asshole tourists who drink rosé in the dead of winter).
A few bottles of rosé does not a meal make though. We needed something to soak it all up. Not too far from the Coriscan place is a boulangerie called Le Grenier à Pain. This bakery happens to be the proud producer of the Best Baguette of 2010, and therefore the bread supplier to Sarkozy for the year. Of course with a title like that, those baguettes sell like hotcakes so by the time we got there they were sold out. Luckily for us there was plenty of tradi to go around (pain tradition, like baguette but with more flavor and sustenance). We bought two, ate one on the way home to line our stomachs of course, and ate the other with some double crème cow cheese and a few glasses of I Muvrini Gris de Grenache 2009 (8.80 euro at Terra Corsa).
Le Grenier à Pain for the best baguettes in Paris.
38 Rue Abbesses in the 18th.
Terra Corsa for Corsican products and wines.
42 Rue Martyrs in the 9th.