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French Foodie New Year’s Eve Party

December 11, 2017
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While casually perusing my work emails, I came across a name that made my heart stop. Email sender: The French Ministry of Agriculture. My pulse raced and my brow dripped with sweat as I fumbled to open the fortuitous email. Was I discovered to be the lone surviving ancestor to a recently deceased vintner, thus making me the heiress to a French vineyard?! Would my dreams of living out my days drinking wine in the Loire Valley become reality?! So many unrealistic thoughts ran through my mind, like that of a child contemplating Narnia. Not surprisingly, my Merlot dreams were dashed upon skimming the email. The French Ministry of Agriculture wanted to collaborate with me on a project to highlight wines and cheeses made in France. Well if I am not being handed the keys to a French chateau, I guess this isn’t too bad of an alternative. I get to play around with French wine and cheese and get paid for it? In some ways, dreams really do come true. Before I could finish replying, “Oui!”, a delicious idea came to mind. Let’s end 2017 with an “Au Revoir” and ring in 2018 with an “Oh La La!” It’s time for a French Foodie New Year’s Eve Party, mes amis!
Naturally, the unsurprisingly vibrant people at The French Ministry of Agriculture loved the celebratory idea and sent me some of the best examples of food and drink brands from France. I know, my life is tough. The products are a representative sample of the richness and variety of the lovely country. The 4 wines featured come from 3 French wine regions: The Loire Valley, Burgundy, and Bordeaux. The 4 cheeses featured also come from 3 regions: Normandy, Poitou-Charentes, and Auvergne. Hey if you can’t physically tour de France, at least your tongue can! The best part about all of this? They’re all readily available in the U. S. of A. Let’s get to the nitty-gritty. Here’s what you’ll need to pull off an amazing French Foodie New Year’s Eve Party…
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French Foodie New Year’s Eve Party
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DIRECTIONS:

Place the wonderful French foodie products on a bar cart or buffet, pair the cheese with wine and garnishes, and enjoy!

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Let’s take a closer look at these delightful French products. Georges Duboeuf wines are versatile and exceptionally food-friendly. The Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais-Villages 2015 is a light-bodied red wine similar to a Pinot Noir. With a delicate floral aroma and subtle earthy notes, it pairs wonderfully with the strong Saint Agur blue cheese. I’d also recommend that while you sip on the wine and dip into the Saint Agur cheese, add a bit of crunch with the rosemary Marcona almonds. You won’t be disappointed.

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The Georges Duboeuf Pouilly-Fuissé 2015 is made from 100% Chardonnay. Chardonnay all day! It has a lovely light, fruity flavor that goes perfectly with a slice of the Ile de France Plain Goat cheese. Elevate this pairing experience by spreading a bit of the cheese on a crystallized ginger for a bit of NYE zing!

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Légendes wines are where affordability and elegance meet. The Légende Rouge is a fantastic red to sip on throughout the night’s festivities. Munch on some Saint André cheese spread on a dried persimmon and you’ll feel like you’re on the French Riviera.

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The Légende Blanc is an exuberant white that pairs delightfully with the Ile de France Brie cheese. I’m a sucker for sweet bries, so I like to drizzle a bit of honey and top the cheese off with diced dried prunes. All the Ile de France cheeses are fantastic and the brand has a great reputation for it’s generosity, French know-how, great value.

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Your New Year’s Eve plans are all laid out now! So which of these cheeses and wines would you want to ring in the New Year with? Let me know below and make sure to check out all these fabulous French brands here: Georges Duboeuf wine, Légende wine, and Ile de France cheeses.

For more sipping ideas, visit my ‘Drinks’ section here!

 

  1. I’d love to ring the New Year in with the Georges Duboeuf Pouilly-FuissΓ© 2015 paired with the Ile de France Plain Goat cheese. Although it all looks lovely and delicious!

  2. You make everything look so pretty. Love the way you set everything up. The presentation is also an important part of entertaining. Love these ideas that you have listed.

  3. Looooveeet! We plan our NYC party but never thought of a ‘French’ theme with all the food and drink ensembles that go along with it! I love your list! Makes it a lot easier when to plan. Thanks for sharing!

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