A very simple recipe indeed, specially if you have some leftover ratatouille, piperade is a staple of the Pays Basque, in the South West corner of France, near the Spanish border - some would say across, as the region has been violently trying to free itself from both countries over the years. It seems that the prosperity of the region has been in more recent years a factor in the subsidence of the political will to separate. It is a beautiful place for scenery and a temple to gastronomy, more so on the Spanish side, and in San Sebastian in particular.
In essence, you just prepare eggs as for an omelette or scrambled eggs and you mix them into the ratatouille that you have started reheating until the eggs are cooked through but not firm yet. serve with some jàmon or prosciutto et voilà! A glass of red Languedoc or Bordeaux or even Cahors would have been a better match, but was not in the cellar at the time. This newly found Northern Cotes-du-Rhone is quite heavy at 14% of alcohol, so it is still a good match in terms of taste, but not regional obviously, no more than the cheese platter from Normandy, indeed...
The label may have changed but it is still the same good stuff in the bottle! At 9$ a bottle if you buy six, Vintage Cellars are doing their best to promote the current iteration of my favourite Cotes-du-Rhone for a few years in a raw.
We finished the 2007 vintage a long time ago, and it is a shame at it was certainly one of the best GSM i have ever drunk - in that price range, that is - and even if the current 2010 vintage could wait another couple of years to refine, it is still very drinkable.
You could also try the Cotes-du-Ventoux if you like it rougher, or you could uprade to St Joseph and Cote-Rotie if you are prepared to spend more dough! Up to you, but I want to hear your reviews!
The winery is about 40 ams south of Lyon, on the western bank of the Rhone just south of Vienne.
We will stop there on our way back from Provence towards the end of ou
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