France: Languedoc Roussillon

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Wines from the Faugères, Saint Chinian and Minervois areas
By Richard James

This Guide was last updated on 11 February 2010
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Food specialities

Gardienne de Taureau: this beef stew served with rice is delicious with a fruity red Minervois.

Bourride Sétoise: regional fish stew flavoured with aioli (garlic mayonnaise). Try a dry Minervois white to bring out the rich flavours.

Truffles: when in season, the famous black truffles are used in a variety of dishes that match the local red wines well.

Game: wild boar, rabbit, hare, pheasant and more is available in season. All make an excellent match with Saint Chinian.

Anchoïde: anchovy paste flavoured with garlic, olive oil and herbs. A fruity rosé is refreshing with this achovy paste served on toast for apéritifs.

Pélardon cheese: a goats’ cheese from the Cévennes is often served as an apéritif and a dry white such is a good match, or a supple red such as a Saint Chinian or Faugères.

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