Last summer was all about roses here at ol' V&C. This summer whites are back on top and in particular it's the light dry Euro whites that everyone wants. Seafood wine. If you're an Italian Pinot Grigio lover, you know what I'm talking about. Just take a look at a map of Italy and see if their pinot might not be meant for seafood!
This week alone we have brought in Italian Pecarino, Vermentino, Arneis, and Pinot Grigio (of course); Spanish Albarino; and French white Loires, Bordeaux, Burgundies and sparklers. None of these purchases was gratuitous, by the way. All were brought in just to keep up with demand!
Just in case you thought we were short changing the new world, we also brought in a case of Lodi's award-winning Sand Point Sauvignon Blanc and a stack of last week's tasting winner, Manu New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc. Here's another map quiz: Do you think the New Zealand wine industry perhaps has seafood in mind?
Speaking of seafood (which is what this post is about after all), did you ever consider all of the types and applications? Crustaceans. Mollusks. Fish. Sushi, any one? Blackened fish on the backyard grill? Broiled on the stove? How about deep-fried, cured, smoked, tinned or fermented? Or seafood in sauces, soups, stews or pasta? Maybe limiting our white wine considerations to light and dry alone doesn't begin to cover the expansive seafood repertoire.
Herbs and spices of course matter when choosing your seafood wine partner. Sauces and the other adventurous styles even more so. In short if your meal is simple your white wine should be likewise. Pinot Grigio would be fine or the new Nora Albarino would work perfectly. Got spices in the works? How about a white Rhone or the new Sardinian Argiolas Costamolino Vermentino. Then with the sauces et al? Alsatian Gewurztraminer or the Wakefield Clare Valley Australian Dry Riesling.
And it it's California wine you like I'm sure the Sand Point would be fine!
Please join us this Thursday after 5pm when Dominique Chambon presents a tasting of Domaine Jacky Marteau Cremant de Loire, Domaine du Prieure Chenas and Bourgogne Pinot Noir, and Domaine Saint Andeol red Cotes du Rhone.