Bastille Day Tricolor Fig & Lemon Risotto with Arrogant Frog Wines

by Jenn (eating bender) on July 16, 2013

Bastille Day

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Allow me to get a little historical. (What else is new?)

This past Sunday was the 14th of July, also known as Bastille Day or La Fête Nationale in France. Bastille Day is a French national holiday that commemorates the July 14, 1789 storming of the Bastille, which was a prison and a symbol of the absolute and arbitrary power of Louis XVI’s regime.

The storming of the prison was a symbol of liberty and the fight against oppression for all French citizens. It also marked the beginning of the French Revolution. Much like the 4th of July here in the United States, Bastille Day symbolizes freedom and is a day of celebration throughout France.

Recently the team at Arrogant Frog winery contacted me to see if I’d be interested in creating a Bastille Day recipe to pair with two of their French wines: a 2012 Arrogant Frog Chardonnay called “Lily Pad White” and a 2011 Arrogant Frog Pinot Noir called “Lily Pad Noir.”

Here’s a bit more background about the company:

Grown and produced in Southern France’s Languedoc region, Arrogant Frog wines are the brainchild of fourth-generation vintner Jean-Claude Mas, who conceived of the brand as a tongue-in-cheek reference to the English name for the French. Like their name, the wines are playful and versatile, pairing easily with a variety of foods – and have a suggested retail price of $10 per bottle.

You all know how difficult of a decision it was for me. It took one whole second minute to respond.

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I decided to pair the Chardonnay first. For some reason with white wine, the food that immediately pops into my head is risotto. It’s typically a dish I associate with fall and winter – especially when it’s 105 degrees – but with so much delicious summer produce out there right now, I couldn’t resist.

I popped open the bottle and sampled a glass before cooking. It was fresh, fruity and smooth.

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Then I got to work on my “tricolor” recipe. Although these certainly aren’t the official colors of the French Tricolore flag, they do represent three colors of summer – greens and yellows for the veggies, brown for the meat. And they are definitely delicious.

Fig and Lemon Risotto

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This risotto would be delicious with our without the fig and lemon infusion, but if you’re a fan of either, you will love the way they seep flavor into every bite. This particular combination is extremely versatile – we’ve used it with bread, cheeses and in meals like this one and are always impressed.

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When paired with the Arrogant Frog Chardonnay, it made for an amazing celebratory feast.

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But of course, we didn’t want to leave out the Arrogant Frog Pinot Noir. Later in the week we paired it with a chicken and shell pasta dish featuring those same summer veggies. It was equally smooth but with a little more heartiness, which went great with the rich tomato sauce.

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Big thanks to Arrogant Frog for the chance to try your ribbit-ing wines! (You knew one had to be coming.) I will definitely be shopping for them from now on and can’t wait to try the other varieties.

I’m sure they are all toad-ally awesome…

I’m done now. Promise.

Have you ever tried Arrogant Frog wines? What would you pair with them?

Abrazos,

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This post is part of a sponsored partnership between myself and the Arrogant Frog team. All opinions expressed here are my own.

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1 Cara (Twinthusiast) July 16, 2013 at 3:38 pm

OMG new risotto recipe! We’ll have to coerce you into making this for us sometime. Will have to try the wine — goes along with our rule of having animals on every label…
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2 Chelsea @ Designs on Dinner July 16, 2013 at 5:13 pm

I have never even seen the Arrogant Frog wines, but I’ll have to keep an eye out. I usually only use wine in risotto and a few pasta sauces. I prefer to drink it with some fresh bread and a hunk of good cheese. :D
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3 Erica July 16, 2013 at 7:32 pm

I really wish I enjoyed wine! Josh really loves a good red wine. The risotto looks so good- especially with the corn addition. Beautiful work ;)

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4 Monica July 16, 2013 at 7:43 pm

YUM! When did you find the time for this?? Hehe. I’m inspired to do some wine pairings now (Fall Pinterest party idea???)

I like Cara’s strategy of buying wine with animals on the labels :)
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5 Megan (Braise The Roof) July 17, 2013 at 2:39 pm

What a fun project! I actually didn’t celebrate Bastille Day this year (I usually do, ever since I studied abroad in Paris), so I feel like sampling some French wines are in order. :) Your risotto looks fantastic!

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6 joelle (on a pink typewriter) July 18, 2013 at 3:25 pm

This recipe for risotto sounds fantastic! I love risotto – it’s fun to make AND eat. :)

I’d never heard of Arrogant Frog wines before now– fun name!
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7 Kerry July 21, 2013 at 4:28 pm

this risotto looks so good! I wish we could get chicken & apple sausages in the UK!

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8 Melissa @TryingtoHeal July 21, 2013 at 8:47 pm

Hahah…I love all the puns. Those dishes look delicious and wonderful to go with that wine!! What a great opportunity!
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