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Wine Wednesday|Paring Ménage à Trois Red with Onion Anchovy Tart

Bon Mercredi du vin!

Last week, we gave a much favored wine at work – the Ménage à Trois Red – a try.  I’m not sure if it’s so well liked for its price, its taste, or its scandalous name, but it gets asked for a lot by regular customers.

It’s a California red, so right away, I’m inclined to like it.  On first taste, I thought it was…serviceable.  I’m noticing that as we go along with Wine Wednesday and as we taste more and more wines, there are more that just don’t have that much to say about them.  I didn’t love this wine, although I can see why someone would; it’s balanced, not particularly spicy, not particularly hot (or alcoholic – at least it didn’t taste so), and has some fruitiness to it, which I like.  My husband thought it tasted kind of like candy, which I’m going to take to mean that he wasn’t all that thrilled about it (I don’t think I’ve ever seen him eat a piece of candy).

We eventually tasted it with our dinner, which was a lovely onion anchovy tart we make a lot from The Way to Cook by Julia Child.  The onions in the tart are caramelized, which give them a sweetness which cannot be believed until tasted.  Paired with dinner, the wine was considerably less sweet, and L thought the combination was an improvement.

Me?  I preferred the wine just on its own.  It’s not going to replace our beloved box red any time soon, but it would be a fun bottle to bring to a friend’s house, if only for the naughty name.  A solid California wine with a French name – how could I not like it?

Until next week!

Cheers.

Box Wine Rating Recap:

Ménage à Trois Red

Rating: ★★½☆☆ 

Paired with Onion Anchovy Tart (page 127 in The Way To Cook by Julia Child)

Rating: ★★★☆☆ 

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