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Le Vin Blanc de Mademoiselle Fifi 2018
Côtes de Gascogne IGP, France

Les Girls (1957)
SUNDAY, JUNE 14 @ 04:00 PM (ET)

What better a pairing for Fifi than this oft-overlooked Gene Kelly musical about romance, libel, and competing memories. Kelly’s last movie musical is both fun and charming, much like the wine. Directed by George Cukor, alongside Kelly, the film stars Mitzi Gaynor, Kay Kendall, and Taina Elg.

THE WINE

Renowned critic Robert Parker muses that Gascony’s exhilarating whites could be France’s “greatest white wine value.” We’re prepared to make a dazzling case with Le Vin Blanc de Mademoiselle Fifi. While dining at a café in Paris, winemaker Marcel met a stylish woman known as Mademoiselle Fifi. He was so enraptured by her elegance that he named this stunning ColombardSauvignon Blanc blend after her. The wine has proved to be equally charming, winning FIVE gold medals at top competitions.

THE REGION

South of Bordeaux, Gascony conjures up three images. For swashbuckling adventurists, it’s d’Artagnan country. For gourmands, there’s the region’s famous foie gras. Most importantly, for wine lovers, it’s a new hotspot. The region’s grapes, including its signature white variety, Colombard, were once reserved only for Gascony’s famous Armagnac brandy. Today, they’re being used to make zingy, modern whites. The fruit retains a zippy-fresh edge, thanks to cooling sea breezes from the nearby Atlantic Ocean.

THE GRAPES

VY_France_flowersBergeracColombard famously stars in France’s Cognac and Armangac brandies, but this grape of many names (Ugni Blanc, Gros Manseng, et al.) also produces beautiful dry wines in many of the world’s top regions. Sauvignon Blanc hails from the Loire Valley, where it makes lively wines packed with lemon and grassy notes. It thrives in southern France and, in this fine example, adds zesty lift to Colombard.

WITH FOOD

fish_whitefish_lemonThis French white will make a lovely aperitif. Enjoy a chilled glass on the patio, while cooking, or anytime you’d like a pick-me-up. For a tasty food pairing, we suggest seafood. Try seared scallops, fresh oysters, or grilled white fish with a squeeze of lemon (to play up the wine’s citrus notes). It’ll also shine with grilled white meats, summer salads, or soft, creamy cheeses

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