My Essentials (Benoît Allauzen, South Place Hotel)
If I have to go for lunch or dinner, I love to travel around the world while seated. And being a bit old school too, I enjoy the order of my wines and the pacing.
To start, this Vouvray is a great sparkler with proper personality and it’s an entity of its own, with nothing to compare it with Champagne in terms of flavours.
Everybody must have a dry Riesling either in the cellar or in the fridge at all times. The Tavel is the odd inclusion here! We are breaking the pace between white and red: here we are! Cotes du Roussillon, Cuvee Lais, has great texture and charisma and is named after the owner’s cow as well! Usually winemakers are sticking to their kids name – ahh!
What is most true American varietal? Well, it ain’t Cabernet, Merlot or Chardonnay…There’s some real spicy juice in this one, could it be an alternative to the Bloody Mary???
As I have a sweet tooth, I always have a little liquid nectar with my dessert, not as an alternative, but more to complement. Nothing too thick but quite perfumed and quaffable…gnouff-gnouff!
Riesling QBA Trocken, Donnhoff, Nahe, Germany
Tavel Rosé, Prieure de Montezargues, Rhone Valley, France
Cotes du Roussillon Rouge « Cuvee Lais », Olivier Pithon, France
Zinfandel, Edmeades, Mendocino County, USA
Noble Late Harvest, Mylitta, Dobogo, Tokaj, Hungary (50cl)