domaine-de-pouyYou’ve been there: It’s Thursday and your night to make dinner and nothing sounds appetizing.

Burgers? Dull and, besides, we had burgers and fries Monday. Shepherd’s pie? Too heavy. Pizza? Had it for lunch. Barbecue? Had it all weekend and have the arteries to prove it. Chinese? Maybe, but we never get the stir fry part right. Chicken? Again? Soup? Doesn’t sound very dinner-y.

Then it hit us: seafood pasta. Better yet, Shrimp Scampi. Add red pepper flakes for zing during the garlic sauté. Make it healthy with chopped parsley and cardio-deadly with butter and salt and toss it with angel hair pasta. Suddenly, life seemed worth living again.

Next issue: what wine?

Certainly a chilled white, but we had been awash in Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Grigio since May. We needed something fresh and different. Vinho Verde? Very good, almost perfect. But how about something with less fizz and more character?

Found it! A fresh, fruity (apples and lime) table wine from southwest France: Domaine de Pouy (that last word is pronounced “pooh-wee”). We found it at Global Beverage. Ten bucks.

It comes from vineyards in Gascony, at the foot of the Pyrenees. This is a noble region where France’s best brandies are made. Both the brandies and Domaine de Pouy are sourced from Armagnac grapes. Here’s a delightful opportunity to complement a beautiful, crisp day (it was 39 degrees Monday morning) with a refreshing, citrusy wine.

And so it was that Thursday ended on an exceedingly positive note. All the early misgivings were erased and all problems were solved.

Well, not all.

What about Friday? Nothing sounds appetizing.

Stephen Fay

Stephen Fay

Managing Editor at The Ellsworth American
Stephen Fay, managing editor of The Ellsworth American since 1996, is a third-generation Californian. Starting out as a news reporter in 1974, he has been an editor since 1976, working in Massachusetts, Connecticut and Vermont before settling in Ellsworth with his wife and two daughters. [email protected]