"Come the day you're mine
I'm gonna teach you to fly
We've only tasted the wine
We're gonna drain the cup dry."
from "The best is yet to come"
If, like me, you're starting to feel the end-of-summer blues, let this week's pairing be a reminder that things are still peachy keen and that "The best is yet to come! Though written for and introduced to the world by Tony Bennett, it was Frank Sinatra who popularized this song (the linked version is from his final performance in 1995). As we begin to wave buh-bye to summer, let us remember that the best days are still ahead.
This week we sample one of those "Crémant de Somewheres" you keep hearing about (Crémant de Bourgogne and Crémant de Limoux are the two you've likely seen popping up on shelves recently). The Perle Noire by Louis Bouillot is absolutely one of my favorites! In our extremely humble opinion, these Crémants can be even more delicious than their typically much more expensive cousins over in Champagne (don't tell them I said that). Taste the delicate, silky robe of bubbles and make sure to hold a sip in your mouth before swallowing to let the bubbles dance all over your tongue! Why not make the Frenchies squirm and add a small pour of peach nectar for a Bellini!
Because California stays warm into much of the fall, peach season can last through the end of September. There are endless things we can do with peaches: can them, make pies out of them, slurp them fresh from the farmer's market stand... but consider baking them! Instead of vanilla ice cream, try serving them over fresh ricotta cheese with a drizzle of honey and a sprig of mint... perfect for pairing with the Perle Noire Crémant de Bourgogne. YUM!