Since last week I’ve been crazy about tomatoes. It started when I was passing my local fishmongers and saw their display of crates of Heritage multi-coloured tomatoes. I really don’t know what happened to me then, and where this craze for umami came from. I picked one of those colourfully filled boxes and managed to eat them all within that afternoon.

Domaine de L'Hortus

When it comes to food all I can think of these days are fresh tomato-based Mediterranean dishes and salads. It’s the middle of the winter! A bit too early for this type of cuisine but I can’t help it … so far I’ve already cooked seafood and plain pasta sauce with jewel and cherry tomatoes, butter bean stew (with fresh tomatoes), roast tomato soup, and last night, ratatouille. By now I’ve run out of ideas for yet another tomato-based dinner, so I’m munching on them straight out of the box and browsing the Internet for some inspiration. BTW if anyone has a good recipe which includes fresh tomatoes please share it. I need to make something a bit different before my husband goes on strike and stops eating my food…


Domaine de l’Hortus, Pic Saint-Loup, Grand Cuvee, 2009

I served my ratatouille with lamb chops and roast new potatoes with garlic and rosemary, and looked for a suitable wine to go with it. I picked a big French red.

Domaine de L'Hortus

Domaine de l’Hortus, Pic Saint-Loup is a blend of three: Syrah, Grenache and Mourvèdre. It’s full, soft, complex and elegant, but the strongest factor in my choice was the hint of Mediterranean herbs of rosemary and thyme, while the fruity and oaky aromas are fulsome but far from overbearing. The well balanced palate, however fruity with blackberry and cherry aromas, is more savoury and earthy than sweet, supported by ripe tannins and a nice kick of spice which makes this wine outstanding. The flavours are charmingly seductive, such a perfect harmony of oak, fruits and spice that it’s a hymn to Mediterranean sunshine!

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