Last weekend, S and I drove out to Ribeauvillé, France, where we tasted local wines, hiked the Vosges Mountains, and, most importantly, ate the most amazing Coq au Riesling. As soon as dinner was over, I immediately (1) felt sad that I didn’t have another bite (or a whole other plate) of it and (2) began thinking of how I could recreate it at home. In my version, I substituted coconut milk with 60% creme for the crème fraîche that is usually called for. I think it turned out pretty deliciously. I even had some this morning for breakfast….
Last weekend, S and I stepped into a post card in the French town of Ribeavillé, just a quick 2.5 hour drive from Mainz through the gorgeous French countryside. The views along the way and the town itself made every minute in the car well worth it. Stepping into Ribeauvillé is like stepping back in time into a sleepy French village of small half-timbered buildings where the only things to do are enjoy delicious French meals, sip the local wine varietals, smell the fresh air, and hike the Vosges to breathtaking views and century-old castles. This town is pure relaxation as it makes you forget that things like office buildings, bank accounts, and traffic jams exist. At the Wymann and Jean Sipp tasting rooms, we tried several Rieslings and Gewürztraminers — some dry, some sweet, and some really sweet. We also found some amazing Pinot Noir at the little shop for Domaine du Moulin de Dusenbach.
Just when I was really needing a girls’ day, some lovely new friends asked me to join them to tastes wines in a garage. Sure. Why not?
We drove through Oestrich, Germany: a quaint little town with small, traditional half-timbered shops and homes – the kind of romantic village that makes me think of Belle’s town in “Beauty and the Beast”…dork…- and then pulled up to the garage.