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    I love blue cheese -- and this weekend, I want to try a very unusual wine with it. What do you recommend?

    Many people believe that cheese should be paired with red wine, yet some white wine pairing is fabulous. This weekend, try it with Chateau Jolys Jurancon 2006 from SouthWest France. It is pleasantly sweet or off-dry (not a sticky) made from a blend of Gros Manseng and Petit Manseng grapes grown near the French Pyrennes. Under $20.

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    I liked your stories about your travel to the Jura region of France. You mention several indignous grapes, such as savagnin (which makes a white wine). What would you pair this wine with?

    Savagnin is a terrific grape -- yet be wary of springing it on people who prefer very light white wine. People who like sherry tend to like Savagnin a lot, because it has a slight oxidated nose and rich mouthfeel redolent of sherry. It can make a great entree wine if you serve chicken or a white fish, especially if you can find a recipe that includes almonds, walnuts, or saffron. We found walnut trees all over vineyards in the Jura, so whether this has anything to do with the slightly nutty taste remains to be seen. Also, wine from the savagnin grape pairs well with Comté cheese made from unpasteurized cow's milk in the Franche-Comté region of eastern France.



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