Drinks of the Month
Laurent Miquel Vendanges Nocturnes Viognier 2013, Pays d’Oc
I like the lushness of Viognier but often find cheaper ones a bit muted, however this one from Languedoc producer Laurent Miquel which is on offer currently at £6.70 in Waitrose and online* is the real deal.
Although unoaked and relatively low (for Viognier) in alcohol at 13% it’s really rich with the seductive peach and apricot fruit that makes Viognier so alluring. I’d drink it with roast chicken, dishes with creamy sauces or even a mild curry like a korma. (See other Viognier pairings here)
Other wines you might want to pick up in the Waitrose ‘European showcase’ promotion which lasts until May 20th are:
Les Nivières Saumur at £6.69 - a crunchy light Loire red to serve chilled. Great with seared tuna
Quinta de Azevedo Vinho Verde at £6.63 - light (11.5%) crisp white from Portugal. Refreshing summer drinking with salads and dips
Cune Barrel Fermented Rioja Blanco at £7.86 - gorgeous lush rich white from the Rioja region. Good with rich Spanish-style fish dishes
Domaine Wachau Grüner Veltliner at £7.79 - a good example of Austria’s versatile white wine grape - try with Asian style salads and noodle dishes
Cave de Turckheim Gewurztraminer at £8.39 - exotically scented white to drink with curries, especially a duck curry
You may also find this post useful: My favourite food pairings for viognier
*Although the vintage being offered online is 2012. You’d be better off with the 2013 if you can find it in-store.
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