Louisiana mixes its unique cuisine and magnificent wines to create a casual, easygoing vibe that exudes southern style. The focus on wine intensified – especially in New Orleans – after Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
Before Katrina the appreciation of food and wine occupied a smaller portion of the state but it has now expanded to most of Louisiana.
Preuss runs NOLA DeTours, which offers customized, private expeditions throughout the city. One highlight is a historic culinary cocktail tour.
Louisiana’s historic neighborhoods have their own culture that blends with the character and history of the state and its regions. Whether it’s Faubourg Wines or Bacchanal in the Bywater, they are all unique unto themselves.
With cocktail dens and dive bars thriving, restaurant cellars are all over Louisiana towns. Wine lists are overseen and crafted by sommeliers who are without peer anywhere in the country. No matter if your palate is high-end or needs some refinement, Louisiana’s sommelier are there to help.
Louisiana Wine Month takes center stage in September of each year, having been born in April of 2013. Designed to highlight a booming wine industry, Louisiana boasts six wineries that produce over thirty varieties of wine.
Landry Vineyards in Folsom, La. Is 50 miles north of Louisiana and was established in 1999, when the family who owns it decided to begin growing grapes for the winery with the intention of beginning a winery. It took three years of very hard work and over ten tons of grapes, the wine was bottled on site and Landry was licensed in 2002.
Producing sixteen varieties of wine such as sweets and dry, whites and reds, Landry Vineyards has something for everyone, which is the hallmark of its success.
Some of their best wines are Bayoutage Red Blend, Bayoutage White Blend, ,Blackberry Merlot and Peach Muscadine.
a. Bayoutage Red Blend – This is by far one of the top customer favorites. This blend of red contains 29% Merlot, 43% Cabernet Sauvignon, 21% Malbec and 7% Cabernet Franc. The wine is made smooth by the Merlot and the berry aroma comes from the Malbac. The Cabernet Franc adds a spicy, peppery note to the blend. The wine is aged slightly in barrels so there is just a hint of the barrel flavor but not overpowering. For wine drinkers looking to transition from a sweet wine to a dry wine, this is a great transition wine.
b. Bayoutage White Blend – This is a west coast dry white blend of Chardonnay and Blanc du Bois Semi-Sweet grapes. This wine isn’t aged in barrels and has subtle undertones of tropical fruit flavor. It is best paired with fish, chicken, turkey or pork.
c. Peach Muscadine – This is a white wine that is semi-sweet. This is a favorite of locals who have eaten muscadines growing up. The initial taste of this wine can be compared to a bite into a very ripe peach (without the fuzz). The second wave of flavor is muscadine and over all this is a refreshing sipping wine for summer that is best paired with light cheeses (light cheddar and Gouda) and desserts.
d. Blackberry Merlot – This is a red wine that is semi-sweet and made of 50% merlot and 50% blackberry wine. It has a tangy flavor and is a fruity wine and features a very smooth finish. Even though it is a Merlot, this is also known as a sipping wine for light summer occasions which pairs well with desserts and steaks; it even is known for cooking well in spaghetti sauces.
2. Wine Gift Baskets.
Whether you are in the market for that corporate gift for clients and colleagues or something with flavor that will blow away that hard to shop for name on your holiday list, a delicious collection of cheese and wine is almost always a can’t-miss option.
Whether you’re buying for 1 or 100, the following are certain to bring joy to whoever is on your holiday gift giving list.
Deluxe Cheese Crate with Wine – features five cheese varieties, cheese curds, nuts, olives, fruit, crackers and a bottle of pinot.
Mumm Napa Sparkling Wine Gift Box – features California sparkling wine along with three cheese crackers, truffles, smoked gouda and butter toffee pretzels.
Classic Red Wine Gift Basket – features savory and sweet treats for the red wine lover. Brimming with summer sausage, cheese straws, chocolate treats, smoked gouda and a rich Italian red wine made from Sicily’s best grapes.
Artisan Meat and Cheese Gift with Wine – features something for the fanatical gourmet lover on your list. Has a plethora of artisan cheeses such as smoked mozzarella, gouda, blue and pepper hack along with smoked salmon, pepperoni, spreads and crackers. Comes with a year 2016 cabernet sauvignon.
Other classic gift baskets of note that are sure to bring holiday cheer are the Rosé All Day Gift Crate, the Wine & Savory Snack Collection, Wine Party Picnic Gift Crate, Veuve Clicquot Tasting Gift Basket, Wine & Cheese Pairing Club and the California Getaway Wine Gift Basket.
3. Holiday Catering
Your holiday party should be an event that people talk about year-round and it should properly kick off the holiday season. Let holiday cheer abound as you tend to the needs and wants of your special guests. The delicious food and drinks you serve set the stage for the ultimate holiday celebration – one whose memories will last for the coming year and for years to come.
Holiday catering services often include a lavishly designed menu and a staff of professional experts that show off their variety of styles that adorn your holiday event. Offering several different formats is a staple of any catering service: from tasting menus to dessert tables to plated sit-down traditional style dinners, you can expect your holiday catering host to surpass the expectations of you and your esteemed guests.
Any properly catered holiday party must include a full bar with all the top shelf liquor available to guests; hors d’oerves, holiday platters, main dishes, sides and desserts.
Enjoy the holiday season and splurge on wine, wine gift baskets and a lavishly catered party. Given the events of this past year, it is time to celebrate and relish in the fact that we have come to the end of the year in good spirits, ready for a new year and fresh start. Relax, enjoy and party this holiday season with wine, gifts, good food, friends, family and the knowledge that this is what you deserve!