Friday, June 17, 2016

To Sancerre with a Tomato Salad with Parsley & Shallots #winophiles

Welcome to the June event for The French Winophiles, a wine-swilling, food-loving group coordinated by Christy of Confessions of a Culinary Diva. We've made it around France. And by clicking on the following regions you can read my recipe post that includes the #winophiles round-up as well. So far, we've traveled - by tabletop and goblet - to the Loire Valley, Corsicathe SouthwestLanguedoc-Roussillon, Côtes du Rhône, Bordeaux, Champagne, Burgundy, and Alsace.

To the Central Loire Valley
Now that we've made the rounds, we're revisiting regions with a little more specificity. So, today, the crew is heading to the Central Loire. These are the villages of Sancerre, Pouilly-Fume, Menetou-Salon.

The Loire Valley - southwest of Paris - was historically the stomping grounds of French monarchs and is renowned for its many vineyards. In fact, it's France’s third largest wine region and is the second largest region for sparkling wine, after Champagne, of course.

The Conversation
Join us for a live Twitter Chat Saturday, June 18th at 11 am EST/8 am PCT. You may join in the revelry by following hashtag #winophiles. Here's where we're headed next..

  • July 16th - Medoc, Haute Medoc
  • August 20th - St. Emilion/St. Emilion Satelites
  • September 17th - Graves and Entre-Deux-Mers

Join us for our upcoming events by emailing your post title to Christy at or Jill at  A Vôtre Santé!

The Other Winophiles...

In My Glass...

Given the summer season, I opted for a Sauvignon Blanc from Sancerre. This pale straw yellow 2013 Patient Cottat comes from fifty-year-old vines and is completely aged in tanks. Playful and medium-bodied, I detected intense aromas of citrus and grassiness with summery notes of melons and figs. And while there was a decided richness, it was simultaneously fresh and lively. I've read that the coolness of the region results in wine with a higher acidity. What a treat!

Most Sancerres are dry, low in alcohol, and not heavily oaked which makes them wonderful with seafood, fish and poultry dishes, and acidic items like vinaigrettes and tomatoes. I had some lovely heirlooms from the market, so I went for the latter on our plates.

My Offering...
I've always assumed French recipes were unnecessarily complicated and time-consuming. This was as simple as any Italian caprese that I whip up throughout the summer when tomatoes are sun-kissed and herbs are abundant.

Tomato Salad with Parsley and Shallots 

  • 2 to 3 shallots, minced
  • 1 t Dijon mustard
  • ½ C olive oil
  • fleur de sel
  • freshly ground pepper
  • 5 to 6 ripe heirloom tomatoes, sliced ½" thick
  • fresh parsley, roughly chopped

In a small mixing bowl, whisk together shallots, Dijon mustard and olive oil. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Arrange tomatoes on a serving plate. Drizzle shallot vinaigrette over tomatoes and scatter parsley on top. Serve immediately.


  1. The simple dishes are so often the best. It will be August before we have fresh tomatoes ripening around here. I am going to try this preparation as soon as they do.

  2. Simple yet elegant and delicious. Looks fantastic!

  3. Simple yet elegant and delicious. Looks fantastic!

  4. What a good looking way to serve fresh tomatoes, now I just need mine to ripen (a ways off in Minnesota!)

  5. As I adore tomatoes, I simply must try your salad Cam! And that Sancerre sounds like a winner too! Cheers!

  6. Wonderful combination - I can imagine the Sancerre with that summer salad was divine! So envious of the gorgeous heirlooms you found too!

  7. Those tomatoes look so good!


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