I can be captivated, amused and tantalized by food porn, those too-good-to-true photos that sell a dish or recipe or cookbooks. But a slideshow of bottles of wine and a lackluster dish or two the size of a postage stamp, just to get in some ads and more than a few plugs to enter sweepstakes? Food & Wine, you should treat your readers to better quality than that.
For those of you who don't want to waste precious moments, here's Food & Wine's list, as a list without the slideshow, with links to the recipes:
2010 Mas Carlot Clairette de Bellegarde ($13)
Thanks to very old vines, the humble Clairette grape yields this pleasant white with silky stone-fruit flavors.
Pairing: Crispy Monkfish with Capers
2009 Georges Duboeuf "Flower Label" Morgon ($13)
Juicy, fruit-forward and affordable, this cru Beaujolais from the superb 2009 vintage is a true bargain.
2010 Jean-Luc Colombo Cape Bleue Rosé Coteaux d’Aix-en-Provence ($12)
Crisp and refreshing, with mouthwatering peach and strawberry tones.
2008 Château de Jau Côtes du Roussillon Villages ($14)
A sleek blend of Syrah, Mourvèdre, Carignane and Grenache.
2010 Château Guiot Costières de Nîmes ($11)
This zesty rosé, redolent of raspberries and flowers, is a steal.
2010 Marcel Lapierre Raisins Gaulois Vin de France ($14)
A light, easy-drinking, berry-driven red that’s great with food.
Pairing: Eggplant Börek
2010 Le Jaja de Jau Sauvignon Blanc ($10)
Tart and refreshing, with lime and grapefruit flavors.
2009 Delas Saint-Esprit Côtes-du-Rhône ($12)
The rugged southern Rhône region of the Ardèche—famous for its spectacular river gorge—yielded this red loaded with notes of luscious raspberry.
Pairing: Vegetable Chili with Garlic Rice
2009 François Chidaine Sauvignon Touraine ($13)
Biodynamically farmed vines yielded this tangy, citrusy Sauvignon Blanc with a smooth texture and notes of herb.
2010 Little James’ Basket Press Vin de Pays d’Oc ($13)
This unusual, crisply delicious blend of lush, tropical Viognier and zesty Sauvignon Blanc comes at a compellingly low price.