Champagne + Banana Pudding = Comfort

Champagne & Banana Pudding with Chessmen Butter Cookies

J. Lassalle Champagne & Banana Pudding with Chessmen Butter Cookies

Howdy Twisted Peeps!

It has been way too long since my last post and a lot has happened to me emotionally and physically.

After my Dad died, I (along with my sisters) had to deal with selling our family farm. That included a 2800 sq.ft house, 13 acres of land, farm equipment, a rodent infested barn and a house full of items that my parent’s had accumulated for over 30 years.

After we got that done, then my husband and I decided that we needed to be financially pro-active and sell our house. Sully’s unemployment was taking a toll on our savings and it didn’t make sense to use some of it to maintain our house. So we sold our house and most of our possessions and moved into an apartment.

To say this has been a year of transition, has been an understatement! I’m damn tired of it too!

I was so happy when we got an invite to just hang out, eat pizza and BYOB with some of our friends that we had not seen in a long time.

I brought my “go to” champagne, J. Lassalle. It is around $35 and it is a “grower” champagne. That means the family makes champagne from their own grapes…sort of a “farmer’s cuvee”. Normally, Champagne Houses buy grapes from farmers all over the Champagne region. They do not grow the grapes. Look for the letters “RM” on the label. That is how you know it is a Grower Champagne.

J. Lassalle is also run by 3 generations of women. Here is the website: http://www.champagne-jlassalle.com/en/

This champagne was wonderful with the assortment of pizzas, especially the veggie. Dessert was a homemade banana pudding with Chessmen Butter cookies. The pudding was not overly sweet and it complimented the nutty, yeasty bread elements in the champagne. It was a delightful match!

The whole evening was filled with laughter and catching up on how everyone is dealing with their “transitions”. It really was comforting to know that gathering around a table with friends will always be uplifting and never change.

Cheers Y’all!

Lori – Your Twisted Sommelier

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Sanglier Cellars

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I’ve had the pleasure of meeting Glenn Alexander, the farmer/winemaker of Sanglier Cellars a few times. I have never been disappointed with his wines. I respect his attitude of being a farmer first and a winemaker second. I find people with that kind of attitude know that quality wine starts with the grapes in the vineyard and are more attuned to the whole process of making wine. Plus, they are more interesting to talk to…that’s just my personal perspective.
What I find amazing is that Glenn and his wife, Melissa (who is a fantastic cook and owns 1500 cookbooks) were farmers in Texas and decided to move to Sonoma County to try farming grapes and getting into the wine business….
I’m so glad they did!

Here is the list of what I have tried lately:
2013 Rose Du Tusque, Sonoma County: This is a blend of Grenache and Mourvedre. It is has ripe red fruit with a little floral and spice. It is very food friendly and not just for summer drinking. It was one of the Rose’s that I served at Thanksgiving.

2010 Chardonnay, Sonoma Coast/Sonoma County: I have written about this wine before in the post “Chardonnay & BEEF“. This Chardonnay was a favorite in a blind tasting I did with my Twisted Peeps. It has balance between oak and fruit.

2011 Rouge Du Tusque, Sonoma County: It is a blend of Grenache, Syrah, Petite Sirah, Cinsault and Mourvedre. This is lush berries with an earthy coffee, mineral finish. Really great with pizza or bar-b-que.

2011 Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley/Sonoma County: This is an intense Pinot. It has baking spices and red fruits with elements of smokey mushroom and black tea. I fell in love with it at first sip. I bought 2 bottles so I could see how this wine would evolve.

Please go to their website:http://www.sangliercellars.com to see more of their wines and check out Melissa’s section called “Farm. Eat. Drink”.
If you live in the DFW area, you can buy Sanglier at Whole Foods, Cork Wine Bar and Pogo’s.
Cheers Y’all,
Lori – Your Twisted Sommelier

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I agree, Glenn…twisted is good!