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Princess and Bear Journal 

Princess Bear
February 4, 2019 | Princess Bear

A Special For You and Your Valentine

The Languedoc is filled with choices for Valentine's Day! Below are our picks.  The La Dame, an organic wine from the award winning Dutch winemaker, Lidewij Van Wilgen and by one of the best sparkling wine producers in France, J. Laurens.  Our sparkling brut, just awarded 91 points by Wine Enthusiast! 

2016 La Dame 

This luscious, ORGANIC wine has a silky mouth feel, smooth tannins and a nice, long aftertaste of spiced fruit. This wine is wonderful on its own by the glass, but with food all the rich flavors are enhanced. Roasted veal, fine pork and even grilled beef will pair beautifully with this wine.

91 points from Wine Spectator

2016 Le Clos Des Demoiselles 

Delicate and fine bubbles, hints of buttery toasted biscuit, white flowers and a long finish. Not only by-the-glass-wine but try it with white fish, poultry and white meats like veal or fine pork. Perfect!

91 Points from Wine Enthusiast 



Get these two decadently superb award winning wines for your Valentine for only $39!


Time Posted: Feb 4, 2019 at 1:30 PM
Princess Bear
December 24, 2018 | Princess Bear

A special Holiday visit

Tis the season of spreading love, cheer and tremendous wines from the Languedoc-Roussillon!  We were fortunate enough to meet with Decanted: The Wannabe Wine Snobs Podcast and The Puget Sound Business Journal to share our story!

Here is what they had to say: 

Decanted: The Wannabe Wine Snobs

"The Princess and The Bear is a new wine club and online shop in Seattle that showcases curated, boutique wines from the LANGUEDOC-ROUSSILLON region in France. Carol Bailey (The Princess) and Steve Medwell (The Bear) are Seattlites who moved to the Languedoc and fell in love with the small, premium producers. They are the ONLY importer of these wines into the US. Prices? Many bottles are sub $20.
Got to love wonderful people bringing what they adore to the masses."

Puget Sound Business Jounal:

The Princess and The Bear wine club cancels Seattle couple's retirement (Read the full article here) 



Time Posted: Dec 24, 2018 at 11:11 AM
Princess Bear
December 16, 2018 | Princess Bear

Sparking scores for some sparkling wines!


Fact, not fiction, and not fake news: The Languedoc, not the Champagne region, was the birthplace of sparkling wine. At the Abbaye de St. Hilaire near the Languedoc town of Limoux, a warm spring caused a second fermentation in the bottle to occur. This was noticed by the monks, of course. And thus began the delight of sparkling wine drinkers all over the world.  There are hundreds of sparkling wine producers using the méthode champenoise. Our favorite producer is...J. Laurens! 

Delight your family this holiday season with our amazingly priced Decanter World Competition 2017 Bronze medal winner sparkling rosé, Le Rose No. 7 and the very special, Decanter World Competition 2017 Silver medal and Guide Hachette starred wine Clos des Demoiselles (Field of The Bridesmaids) both produced by our favorite sparkling wine producer, J. Laurens.
You can also watch our youtube channel to learn more about these stunning wines! 
Time Posted: Dec 16, 2018 at 3:58 PM
Princess Bear
December 3, 2018 | Princess Bear

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Time Posted: Dec 3, 2018 at 4:31 PM
Princess Bear
November 28, 2018 | Princess Bear

Rose is perfect for the holidays!

Rose wines are perfect for the holidays! 

Don't forget to have some good Rosé wines on hand for the holidays. They are universally liked by guests and pair with almost anything. Excuse this email if it seems repetitive. This newsletter is a correction of the description in the last newsletter for the Chateau de l’ Engarran Rosé 2017. Thanks for understanding! Please call our tasting room to inquire if expedited shipping is available in your state.

Here is our princess pairing for the holidays: 


This rosé has an alluring female touch that makes it irresistible. The guests in our tasting room are raving about the flavors and softness of this rosé. Diane Losfelt makes this lovely wine from 80% Grenache Noir and 20% Cinsault. Give yourself and your friends the gift of this beauty that is made to go with food.  She will shine alongside a pork roast stuffed with prunes or port-soaked dried cherries! Santé!

It is most important to pair your wine properly with what will be on the menu.  The Princess suggests giving a prune stuffed pork loin a try! Serve with baked apples and sautéed spinach with orange-butter and toasted pinenuts. The Soif Ideal, La Dame and this l’Engarran rosé will all be delicious with this recipe. Enjoy with best friends! Get the full recipe HERE. 

Time Posted: Nov 28, 2018 at 4:33 PM
Princess Bear
November 21, 2018 | Princess Bear

Club Update

Time Posted: Nov 21, 2018 at 5:28 PM
Princess Bear
November 20, 2018 | Princess Bear

Women Winemakers Rock

News Flash: Borie la Vitarèle. Cathy Izarn and her husband Jean-François created Domaine Borie La Virarèle in 1990.  They quickly became one of the most delicious and internationally recognized domaines in the whole St. Chinian appelation.  Jean-François died in a tragic farming accident in 2014 which shocked the whole region. Since then Cathy took over on her own assisted by their daughter Camille. We are so pleased to announce that Camille‘s first vintage, the 2015, just received 1st place (Midi Rouge) and 6th place (Les Crès) in New York at the St.Chinian, Palmarès Competition.  Way to go mother and daughter team!!! 

Cathy Izarn and her daughter Camille Of Domaine Borie La Vitarèle

Time Posted: Nov 20, 2018 at 5:31 PM
Princess Bear
November 15, 2018 | Princess Bear

A Princess Pairing

Want to have something different than the same ol' holiday food?  Why not add a citrus kick?  Check out our pairing below! 

2017 SOIF L'IDÉAL The structure and acidity of the grenache and vermentino blended with the honeyed pear and peach flowers of the Roussanne and Viognier creates a wine that is lively, friendly and engaging. The grapes are grown at a higher altitude of 300+ meters (1,000 feet), are hand harvested and then slowly pressed in a cool temperature to maintain all of the flavors. Then, aged on the lees this wine finishes with a smooth, nut bread hint.

With such an acidic and lively wine, why not pair it with an equally succulent dish?  Give our seared scallops with mango

salsa a try. The usually balmy Languedoc, which claims 300 sun-kissed days a year is well known for it's sea-port towns, and fresh seafood. Get the full recipe HERE

Time Posted: Nov 15, 2018 at 4:45 PM
Princess Bear
November 15, 2018 | Princess Bear

Our Youtube Channel is ready for view!

Our Youtube Channel, Princess and the Bear Wines, has launched! 

We will be posting a new video every Friday talking in more depth about each of our wines and our love affair with the winemakers! Please subscribe, like and share with your friends who love delicious, affordable and/or cult wines and help us spread the word about these amazing, passionate winemakers!

Time Posted: Nov 15, 2018 at 4:43 PM
Princess Bear
November 15, 2018 | Princess Bear

Red Wine for the Holidays

The holidays are all about family, friends, food and fabulous wine!  Read below to find our red wine and holiday recipe pairings! 

2016 La Dame 

This luscious, ORGANIC wine has a silky mouth feel, smooth tannins and a nice, long aftertaste of spiced fruit. This wine is wonderful on its own by the glass, but with food all the rich flavors are enhanced. Roasted veal, fine pork and even grilled beef will pair beautifully with this wine. Wine spectator granted this wine 91 out of 100 points! Not bad


Holiday Cornbread, Sage, turkey stuffing and giblet gravy 

With this silky delicious red wine made from 50% Grenache, 30% Carignan, and 20% Syrah try the famous Eads Family Cornbread-Sage Turkey Stuffing and Giblet Gravy Recipe from Lela Carr Eads and Sarajane Eads.  To learn how to create this dish, just click HERE

About Terre des Dames

This Terre des Dames is truly the “Land of the Ladies”. This excellent female winemaker, Lidewij Van Wilgen, left everything, including an executive career, in Holland to become a winemaker in the Languedoc “ The new world of wine in France”. In the Financial Times, celebrated wine scholar Jancis Robinson classed Terre des Dames amongst her “Languedoc favorites”. Find out more about Lidewij and Terre des Dames.   Check out our fabulous video about this stunning winery HERE

Time Posted: Nov 15, 2018 at 4:19 PM