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Thomas Coyne 2010 La Petite Quest

Although I was disappointed about not publishing an article I’d worked on for a couple months, I kept telling myself two things when the editor told me she wasn’t going to publish it: (1) I am not married to my work, what she declined to publish is not “me.” and (2) the experience of meeting and interviewing wonderful people for the article was an experience in and of itself for which I’m grateful.

As an example, I got to talk to Thomas Coyne again. It had been years since I’d met him, and I had forgotten he made Rhone wines (my favorite!).

Tonight I’m drinking one of the wines I purchased from his winery, La Petite Quest. La Petite Quest is a rose (table wine) which is a blend of Grenache, syrah and Mourvedre. The label on the back mentions fruit (strawberry and raspberry), but I don’t taste it.

In fact, when I drink, it, I imagine a non-rose accompaniment. While one would normally think cheese, fruit, maybe some nuts for a picnic with this wine, I actually imagined it with something that was more substantial. A salad frisee with seared lamb or even ahi, with a nearly non-existent salad dressing.

This wine is neither dry nor sweet, but refreshing just the same. I’m drinking it with a small vegetarian pizza and even though the garlic on my pizza may be overwhelming, I still want to elevate this wine to something beyond fruit and cheese in a picnic setting.


About Helene Kremer

San Francisco East Bay

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