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Warm brie, cool bubbles #Winophiles

French Winophiles chose Cremant de Bordeaux this month and we are hosted by Pinny at Chinese Food and Wine Pairings. I am excited to share the bubbles I chose and the pairing, which is Brie with Pecans and honey.

Baked Brie is the star of any cheese board, and with no wonder... it is comforting, warm and delicious. It looks amazing and it doesn't take any effort to make. It is the perfect dish to go with a Cremant de Bordeaux, especially a rose one, with the hint of red berries to add to the honey of the dish.

Cremant de Bordeaux is made from typical Bordeaux grapes produced in the traditional method where the second fermentation happens in the bottle. It's the name of all sparkling wines produced in the Bordeaux region using that method.  Even though Bordeaux winemakers have been producing sparkling wines since the 1800s, it wasn't until 1990 that Cremant de Bordeaux became an official appellation. Cremant is French for creamy.  All the grapes used in a sparkling wine must be picked by hand and the wine aged for twelve months.  All to make this very special drink.

Let's talk about this wine!  We chose this Jaillant Cremant de Bordeaux for its beautiful pink color and its reasonable price tag (under $20!)  You first experience the bouquet of red fruit and a bit of lavender (not too much, because the wine is actually on the dry side.)  The bubbles are explosive and celebratory.  The grape is Merlot, and absolutely wonderful vanilla on the finish.  I think the vanilla at the end is what makes it go so well with this baked brie dish.

Join us the #Winophiles bloggers on Saturday, March 21st to experience the sparkling world of Bordeaux. You could write a blog post and find out our coordination on this Facebook post. We’ll have the blog posts online by March 21st prior to the Twitter chats. Or join us at the Twitter chats on March 21st at 11:00am EST/10:00am CST/8:00am PST through searching the hashtag #Winophiles on Twitter.

Check out all these dishes and wine pairings from these bloggers, you will not be disappointed!

Warm Brie with Pecans and Honey

Warm Brie with Pecans and Honey

Yield: 10
Prep time: 5 MCook time: 25 MTotal time: 30 M
Perfect appetizer for easy entertaining


  • I brie cheese,  8 oz round
  • 1/2 c whole pecans
  • 1/4 c honey


How to cook Warm Brie with Pecans and Honey

  1. Preheat oven to 375.
  2. Unwrap brie and place in a ceramic dish.  
  3. Cut an "x" into the cheese.
  4. Bake for 20 minutes.
  5. Remove from oven and peel back the rind.
  6. Stir to smooth out the cheese.  
  7. Pour honey and nuts onto cheese.
  8. Bake another 3-5 minutes.
  9. Let rest for 3-5 minutes before serving.


Delicious on a French baguette, but my favorite are Triscuits. The cracker holds up to dipping.
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  1. That brie looks so amazing, It would be great to go with any wine or drink. I will consider making it on my next happy hour or party.

  2. The wine sounds heavenly! My daughter is taking a wine appreciate class next semester at college, and I bet she'd love to sample a bottle of this. I may have to get her some for her birthday this summer!

  3. OH my gosh, yes, I'd love this brie. I am all about cheese and will be making this for sure.

  4. I have never had something like that, but it sounds good. I like your combination here! I'll have to give this a try!

  5. Yum, this sounds delicious. I'd say it would be the perfect Easter appetizer but I have a feeling that Easter plans will be cancelled. I'll have to give it a try.

  6. Oh my goodness! I am in heaven and I want to stay there! This is exactly what I need!

  7. Simple and elegant. Sounds wonderful with baked brie. Thanks for sharing!

  8. Warm brie and cool bubbles sounds like a winner to me!

  9. I love brie! That set up looks elegant, perfect for a romantic date night or me time!


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