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Spittoon Mon, 29 May 2017 17:22:23 GMT  

Dining in Languedoc Wineries Gayda and Cote Mas

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All wine tastes 200% better when drunk while viewing the vines from where it came. Proven scientific fact! It just doesn’t get any better watching the sunset over the vines with a glass of something decent in one hand and a forkful of deliciousness in the other. You could go the picnic route – and […]

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All wine tastes 200% better when drunk while viewing the vines from where it came. Proven scientific fact! It just doesn’t get any better watching the sunset over the vines with a glass of something decent in one hand and a forkful of deliciousness in the other. You could go the picnic route – and there are plenty of opportunities to do so – or you could make use of a wineries purpose built restaurant. Interestingly there are not a huge number of wineries, at least in Europe, that offer dining facilities.

I do know of two in the Languedoc that every wine-loving dude should make a detour for – the restaurants at Gayda and at Cote Mas. Both these producers have wines featured in the Pays d’Oc IGP Gems Collection 2016.

Dining in Languedoc Wineries Gayda and Cote Mas

The restaurant at Cote Mas is as eclectic as the range of wines. Works of cartoon art sit besides the most extravagant camp lights, a substantial model of the estates famed Arrogant Frog lurks in one corner while a suitably over the top spirit catcher hangs from the ceiling. The food isn’t as wild – just superbly presented and perfectly cooked. Risotto with fresh sea bass as a main and lamb wraps (substantial for a starter) were on the menu during our visit.

Spirit Catcher Côté Mas Restaurant Chocolate Dessert at Paul Mas Restaurant The Paul Mas Arrogant Frog Himself Pop-Art Côté Mas Restaurant 'Every lunch starts with bubbles at Côté Mas' Côté Mas Restaurant Light Fitting Paul Mas Restaurant Côté Mas Winery and Restaurant Cote Mas Rouge

“The unorthodox approach to French cooking is in keeping with his attitude to winemaking. Domaines Paul Mas wines are full of the spicy, herby aromas and flavours of the Languedoc with all the ripe, sweet juicy fruit typical of the New World.”

Domaine Gayda, approached through imposing gates and up a drive flanked by the vines, use to be a sunflower farm. Bobbing heads of yeloow flowers now replaced with a purpose built winery complete with a restaurant offering stonking views across the estate. In contrast to Paul Mas, Domaine Gayda (odd name, should have asked its origin), is lightly decorated, oozing cool and sophistication. Well worth getting a winery visit and a little wine tasting before a lunch or evening meal in the restaurant.

Sweet Wine - Domaine Gayda Selection Chenin Blanc Barrels at Domaine Gayda Domaine Gayda Selection Grenache Gris

“Situated 25km south west of Carcassonne, Domaine Gayda welcomes you to its restaurant, incorporated into the winery building and overlooking its organic vineyards. Enjoy spectacular views whilst discovering outstanding, modern French cuisine, prepared with passion and creativity, a true complement to the wines of the Domaine.”

Dining in Languedoc Wineries Gayda and Cote Mas

Domaines Paul Mas in Montagnac 
D5, Route de Villeveyrac, 34530 Montagnac, France

Domaine Gayda in Brugairolles
Chemin de Moscou, 11300 Brugairolles, France

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Wine That Stands Up to Pesto
It's officially summer. Unofficially, it's basil season. Right now, I am overwhelmed with the stuff. Pictured to the left is one of my behemoth basil plants. Having a lot of basil isn't exactly a problem, I admit. Who doesn't love basil? But for wine lovers, basil can make for difficult pairings. This is one assertive herb, and you need a wine that isn't going to clash with it, nor do you want your wine to disappear on the palate.















My usual go-to wine when strong green, herbal notes are part of a dish is Sauvignon Blanc. But New Zealand Sauvignon Blancs are often quite citrusy, and US Sauvignon Blancs can be too melony and soft for basil. So I opened a Chilean Sauvignon Blanc--and it was perfect with my linguine tossed with homemade pesto and topped with some heirloom cherry tomatoes.


The 2011 Viña Carmen Sauvignon Blanc Gran Reserva (available for $13-$15 in the market) is made from grapes grown in the Leyda Valley. It has vibrant aromas of grass, gooseberry, and that uniquely weird smell of boxwood that I often smell in Sauvignon Blancs from the southern hemisphere. This wine was green and leafy rather than citrusy, with a backbone of acidity that was neutral in flavor but kept your mouth watering for more. The midpalate was herbal, making me think 'this is what Cabernet Franc would taste like if it were white and not red.' Cool and refreshing, this stood up to the basil. If you have the wine with something less resolutely green, you may find that its assertiveness is a problem but if you have basil, this is a good wine to go with it--and it represents very good QPR.

Full Disclosure: I received a sample of this wine for possible review.

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