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Brasserie Cicou, Wine & Dine

Through the course of the years, as I got older, matured, aged gracefully, I have learned to eat well, and drink well. None of those second banana stuff at my age if I can help it.

No more home-grown beer & beer bottles as I transitioned to the more sophisticated cosmos & cocktails. And of course, wine.

I was delighted to be invited to Brasserie Cicou‘s French Wine Tasting Night. I like my wine but I never did learn the fine art of wine drinking. So to be educated by an expert Frenchman was an opportunity I wouldn’t miss.

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With French Wine connoisseur BERNARD FLOUR. Who was so patent in teaching us the art of wine drinking. Merci mon bon Monsieur. <3

Brasserie Cicou, in cooperation with Monsieur BERNARD FLOUR of  MANILA WINE -an online wine store in the Philippines, gave a short course on French Wine & Wine Pairing.

That night, we were presented with 5 bottles. 2 white, 3 red. Wine & Food are meant to be partnered. Pairing local recipes with regional wines is advisable.

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Brasserie Cicou

57 Annapolis Street, Greenhills, San Juan (02) 661-9200
Facebook: CiÇou
Email: restaurant_cicou@yahoo.com
Operating Hours: Tue-Sat, 12PM-10PM / Sun, 10:30AM-2PM

We were asked to come at 7PM sharp for dinner & drinks. As you know, a girl loves to be dined & wined, so it was a good night for a date with the Kap of my heart. Brasserie Cicou is such a romantic place that you can’t help but feel “in the mood”. I may not have a great penchance for french food, but I will always love how France and everything french speaks volumes of romance & love. JE TE AIME.. even the french words are full of excitement and mystery!

Are you a Red wine or White wine kinda gal?

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European elegance meets rustic country and old-world character to achieve the graceful and inviting style of country French decorating at Brasserie Cicou.

 

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First on our wine tasting list were these lovely French white wines..

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From left to right (which is also the order of drinking): The Bourgogne Hautes Cotes de Beaune 2011 White Sauvignon which I preferred over the stronger Pouilly-Fuissé Domaine du Chalet Pouilly 2009 White Chardonnay. For me, the light White Sauvignon was good on its own while the stronger White Chardonnay mixed well with our starters.

Bourgogne Hautes Cotes de Beaune 2011. White Sauvignon | This wine has increased in popularity over the past year. Available at only a few outlets in Europe and Oceania. Recently three vintages between 1991 and 2011 were available. ₱500.oo

– LOIRE 100% Sauvignon Blanc

Sau·vi·gnonˌsōvinˈyôN,-vēˈnyôN/
Sauvignon Blanc. A variety of white wine grape. A white wine made from the Sauvignon grape.

Pouilly-Fuissé – Domaine du Chalet Pouilly 2009.  White Chardonnay | Region: Burgundy | Vintage: 2009 | Maturation: Oak Barrels | ₱2,310.00

– BURGUNDY 100% Chardonnay

Char·don·nayˌSHärdəˈnā/
A variety of white wine grape used for making champagne and other wines. A wine made from the Chardonnay grape. Balance, round and fruity taste.

Next came the 3 French red wines to be paired with our main course and somewhere in between..

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From left to right (which is also the order of drinking): Sancerre AOC Domaine Fournier Red 2005, 100% Pinot Noir. Anjou Domaine des Forges 2013, Red Cabernet. And Côtes du Rhône BIO Vignerons Ardéchois 2012, Red GSM. The fruity/spicy GSM proved to be my red wine of choice that night. <3

Sancerre AOC – Domaine Fournier Red 2005. 100% Pinot Noir | region: Loire | Vintage: 2005 | ₱2,200.00

– BURGUNDY 100% Pinot Noir

Pi·not ˈpēnō, pēˈnō/

Any of several varieties of wine grape, especially the chief varieties Pinot Noir, a black grape, and Pinot Blanc and Pinot Gris, white grapes. A wine made from the Pinot Noir grape.

Aromas of morello-cherries on brandy, leathery and smoky impressions. Pleasant first impression with evidence of tannins.

Anjou – Domaine des Forges 2013. Red, Cabernet Franc | Region: Loire | Vintage: 2013 | ₱1,040.00

– LOIRE 100% Cabernet Franc

Ca·ber·net Francˌkabərˌnā ˈfräNGk/
A variety of black wine grape grown chiefly in parts of the Loire valley and northeastern Italy. A red wine made from the Cabernet Franc grape.

Côtes du Rhône – BIO Vignerons Ardéchois 2012. Red, Grenache, Syrah | Region: Rhône | Vintage: 2012 | ₱1,020.00

– RHONE Grenache & Shiraz 20% Mourvedre (GSM)

The “Holy Trinity” is modelled on the wines of the southern Rhone in France, where traditionally they blend varieties such as Grenache, Shiraz and Mourvèdre. Highly prized and sought after, these wines are a true reflection of great wine made in the French vineyard.

This wine is a ruby red color. It exhales well ripened and jammy fruit aromas underscored by spicy notes. It is ample, round and warm on the palate. This is a well-balanced wine & goes very well with stuffed capsicum, saddle of lamb with herbs, roast lamb or grilled beef.

10 Steps. How to Taste Wine!

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Proper wine tasting technique: SIGHT. SMELL. TASTE. Can you tell that Kap had a blast? Of course I had to drink his fair share as he was driving us home! What a great excuse to be drunk with wine LOVE! ;)

Learn about the types of Wine Glasses!

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Our menu for the night. A similar menu is available nightly for 850 php/person..

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Chef Anna also brought out her latest KOUIGN AMANN flavor, the peanut butter & banana. I love it so much that I managed to snag some home when my table mates found themselves too full to eat any more. #PerksOfSittingWithLightEaters ;)

Thank you so much to our gracious hosts CYRILLE & ANNA SOENEN, and Brasserie Cicou for a fun & informative night. To read my 2 previous posts on Brasserie Cicou, CLICK HERE and HERE. <3

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If you like French food, don’t miss out on this once in a lifetime opportunity happening only on MARCH 19, 2015 THURSDAY! Book your reservations at Brasserie Cicou now for that special 7-course French menu! With wine: 3,700 Without wine: 2,100. Call 661-9200 or 0917-885-8841 for details.

8 Philippine-based Chefs to join global French gastronomy day!

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Chefs Michel Herbert (Le Bistro d’Agathe), Ronnie Reyes (Bizu Patisserie), Cyrille Soenen (Brasserie Ciçou), Marc Aubry (Champêtre), Kevin Endaya (Lemuria), Thomas Wenger (Restaurant 101), and Bettina Arguelles and Denis Vecchiato (Spiral) have been screened and chosen by a committee of experts led by world-renowned Chef Alain Ducasse to offer a French menu in their restaurants on Thursday in celebration of Goût de France, or Good France.

 

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Voici à la bonne vie! <3
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