Life Goes Better with (White) Bordeaux

Spring, spring, spring! It still feels like spring, and after a fabulous 10 mile run on Monday night, we decided to open the bottle of  Château Fage 2008 Graves de Vayres Blanc Bordeaux sent to me by the Life Goes Better with Bordeaux campaign. You can read my post on the lovely red that they sent me here.

The white Bordeaux is a lovely pale straw color as you can see here on a sunny spring-like day :)


The nose was slightly floral and woodsy with a very mild citrus fruit taste. Its a very easy wine to drink, not a white that makes you pucker because its too acidic, and not at all buttery or oaky like a Chardonnay. It was perfect chilled for just about an hour as it was cold but still warm enough to really let all of those flavors come out. I am very grateful to the Life Goes Better with Bordeaux campaign for introducing me to another white wine that I like. With warmer days upon us, I have been looking at our wine rack and thinking we may have too much red :) I had never tried white Bordeaux before, and I love that I had the opportunity to try this bottle. Life Goes better with Bordeaux is hosting an event in Boston this May, and I am looking forward to trying more Bordeaux wine, both at the event and before then! If you haven’t checked out their website, do, as it provides helpful suggestions for Bordeaux wine based on the wines you already know you like.


Since it was such a lovely day, and I was feeling super fit and healthy after my run, I decided on simple salads with lots of yummy ingredients to go with the wine.


Its funny how I pretty much never get sick of salads, because I am constantly buying new ingredients to add to them. Its a great way to fit in many servings of fruits and veggies at the end of the day. Plus its a nice way to get out of cooking if you just worked a whole day and had a big workout ;)


Our Monday night salad was a base of baby spinach (about 3 cups for each of us) topped with shredded cabbage, avocado, beets, pickled vegetables, olives, jalapenos, carrots, and Trader Joe’s mango chicken sausage. With all of those yummy flavors, you don’t even need dressing! The zing and the crunch of the pickled veggies especially bring a lot of deliciousness to the salad without adding any fat. The salad went great with the wine, and I suspect the wine would go great with any light meal or mild cheese. As the representative that sent me the wine noted, it would be great for a picnic! Ahhh dreaming of wine country picnics :)

What are your favorite salad toppings? Is a salad enough to fill you up as a meal, or do you like to eat something else with it?

Have you enter my Secrets of a Skinny Chef giveaway? It ends on Friday, and my charity raffle for The ALLY Foundation and the chance to win a $100 Williams Sonoma gift card, in addition to a bunch of other great prizes, ends on my birthday, March 20! Since its charity Tuesday on Twitter, might you consider helping me spread the word today? I’d appreciate it! :)

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Tags: Bordeaux, Food, giveaway, salad, wine, wine and food pairing

  1. kalli@fitandfortysomething’s avatar

    never tried a bordeaux! i was drinking a two buck chuck chard last night!
    never tire of salads. i load them up with everything! love them!


  2. Mellissa’s avatar

    I need to try a bordeaux, I don’t love white wine because of the acid and the oaky/buttery taste. This might be my solution!


  3. Adriana’s avatar

    I love wine with food but the very, very hot weather here in Rio now is making it hard, unless I´m indoors with great air conditioning… chilled white wine has been a good option… love the italian Santa Marguerita! but white Bordeaux is also a great choice!


  4. genesis’s avatar

    depends on what kind of salad it is. if its mainly greens, no meat/protein then i feel stuffed but am hungry in like 30 minutes. if its pretty filling then a salad can hold me over.

    fave salad toppings has to be cheese and croutons.


  5. Heather (Where's the Beach)’s avatar

    Awesome run! I love white wine with salads. Mostly I go for Pinot Grigio. I really prefer reds though, Pinot Noir topping my list.


  6. Christine @ FRESH LOCAL AND BEST’s avatar

    I adore white Bordeauxs, this one sounds like a great summer wine.


  7. Sasha’s avatar

    love the white bordeaux. never had a white bordeaux, but the one you tried sounds like a fabulous summer wine that I would really enjoy. Also, I like the addition of the mango chicken sausage in your salad. I cook with a lot of chicken sausage (all freshly made from the butcher around the corner) and sounds like a great idea to include in in a salad.


  8. Tiffany’s avatar

    Love salads and this time of year because I start craving them and get creative again! Onions, tomatoes and mushrooms are a must for me on my salads–if I have fresh peas and peppers-even better!


  9. Steph (@ mediterraneanmiss)’s avatar

    Salads are so enough for a meal! I had a salad last night with mixed herbs, baby greens, sauteed veggies (cabbage, carrots, broccoli, zucchini) and topped with marinated ~octopus~! It was awesome. I try to make salad one of my meals every day <3


  10. Mark’s avatar

    It’s only 10 am and you’ve got me thinking about dinner! To answer your question, “Is a salad enough to fill you up as a meal?” Absolutely, it just takes a little creative thinking like your wonderful idea to turn an ordinary salad into something really special. TJ’s mango chicken sausage definitely rocks! And the salad that Steph mentioned above sure sounds like a great idea that would fill most people up! Regarding the 2008 Château Fage – what a terrific everyday, food – friendly white wine as you discovered. Great review and I really liked that you described how completely opposite in taste this style of white is compared to a typical CA. Chard. Most white Bordeaux’s don’t go through malolactic fermentation which in most cases, is what gives a CA. Chard that over the top buttery and oaky flavor. So, if those characteristics are a turn off to you, then white Bordeaux is a great alternative.

    Btw – Happy Birthday and have a great trip!


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