April 6th, 2013 by Jeff
WINERY: Auguste Bonhomme
Review by: Jeff Bovee, Wine Neophyte
My wife, while an amazing, creative, and sexy cook, she appreciates when I come up with something for dinner. So tonight, we did chicken Cesar salad. But being the lazy cook I am, I ran over and picked up a rotisserie chicken from Kowalski’s. Wilst I wandered the aisles, I came upon a LOVELY French double-cream cheese (Fromager d’Affinois) and a baguette as a little apéritif. We even mixed a little fig spread with the cheese.
Now home, I went in search of a decent pairing. I still consider myself a novice at this, but at least I know chicken (in general) means white. The safest bet would probably be a Chardonnay, but I decided to do something a little different. Reached in to the wine cooler and found a Vouvray. What is a Vouvray, you say? Well, to be honest, I knew it was French but had to hit the interweb to get more info. Vouvray is a region in the Loire Valley in France and is made from Chenin Blanc grapes. This particular bottle was sweeter, not really complicated, affordable, but honestly…went AMAZINGLY well with our spread and the salad. It kind of hinted of the juice you get in canned pears, and even had a hint of fig on the palate. The food aside, I think this would be a lovely sipping wine for a hot summer day. You’d think this thing had the alcohol content of a Moscato, but this thing is up there at 12%! So pace yourself, or you may end up dancing around like Elaine Bennis. ”Sweet fancy Moses!”