Healthy French Food And Affordable Bordeaux Wine For Bastille Day And Every Summer Day

Great recipes and Bordeaux wine pairings debunk the myth that all French cuisine is unfriendly to the waist and the wallet

Media can receive recipes and wine pairings courtesy of the Bordeaux Wine Council and the restaurants of Chef Daniel Boulud upon request

Jul 11, 2013, 13:45 ET from The Bordeaux Wine Council

NEW YORK, July 11, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- French dishes often conjure up images of calorie rich meals laden with butter and cream sauces.  Daniel Johnnes, a James Beard Award-winning American sommelier and the Wine Director for Daniel Boulud's restaurant group, has partnered with the Bordeaux Wine Council to create new menu options. Together they have developed a collection of recipes and Bordeaux wine pairings that will delight traditional French culinary fans and health conscious diners alike.

"The lighter side of French cuisine is perfectly suited to alfresco backyard picnics and outdoor dinner parties on Bastille Day, which falls on July 14, and any summer day," says Johnnes. "Our dishes including Poached Lobster Salad with avocado, peppers, and hearts of palm, Stuffed Quail Eggs with Figs and Swiss Chard, and a Lamb Duo with Eggplant add the French "je ne sais quoi" that make a summer time table special."

The Poached Lobster Salad, for example, only has heart-healthy unsaturated fat that comes from the olive oil and avocado. While the Stuffed Quail Eggs with Figs and Swiss Chard has no cream or butter and is a healthy way to enjoy the impeccable pairing of game birds and fruit.

Johnnes paired each healthy French recipe with Bordeaux wines from the Today's Bordeaux selection of 100 affordable Bordeaux wines. The wines included in Today's Bordeaux are priced between $10 and $55 retail and are representative of the wide range of wines produced in Bordeaux, including dry white wines, rose, red, and sauternes (sweet wines). 

Today's Bordeaux brings together wines that are meant to be enjoyed during every occasion – and these value wines can be enjoyed by wine aficionados and novices every day or when they are entertaining or dining with the family.


The Bordeaux Wine Council (Conseil Interprofessionnel du Vin de Bordeaux or CIVB), founded in 1948, represents the three families of the Bordeaux wine industry: winegrowers, wine merchants, and brokers. The CIVB advocates for and strengthens the Bordeaux region through data collection and study, technical and environmental analysis, and global communications initiatives. To learn more about the Bordeaux region and its wines, visit:

SOURCE The Bordeaux Wine Council