Flintastic Pouilly Fume

 

Summertime in NYC is still on stage–front and center! So, I took this opportunity to celebrate the heat with a cool glass of Loire Valley Sauvignon Blanc, and a button of Crottin de Chavignol. Folks, it doesn’t get much more hedonistic than the ancient pairing of a tangy goat cheese with a nervous, ample Pouilly Fume. Take part in this time honored tradition–your tummy will not be disappointed. The Pouilly Fume of the evening was a delightful bottle of 2007 Regis Minet Pouilly Fume Vielles Vignes. Imported by my wine hero, Kermit Lynch, who has been working with Minet’s wines for years.  Regis Minet makes an old vine blend for Kermit coming from various parcels on the right bank of the Loire River. The nose is tight, muscular and loaded with gun flint.  I mean loaded!!! Volume, minerals and green fruits define the palate. Long and crunchy finish. Oysters are actually lining up around the corner to die for this wine.   The 2007 Regis Minet Pouilly Fume Vielles Vignes is equally as beautiful, moving and natural as a snow hushed morning.

Cheers to Pascal Frissant


Meet Pascal Frissant. He owns Chateau Coupe Roses in Minervois, France. Last year, I worked at his artisan estate picking grapes and helping in the cave. Based on this picture, do you think I had fun!?!? Simple answer. So yesterday, I had the good fortune of enjoying the fruits of my labor by tasting the newly released 2007 Chateau Coupe Roses VDP “Champ du Roy” Cotes Du Brian (Marsanne,Viogner,Grenache Blanc,and other white varieties). The nose and palate are exuberantly wild, spicy,floral, and intense. Not a shy gal here. Take a sip, swoosh it over your tongue, suck back some air, and feel the warm scents of the Mediterranean hit you like a Mac Truck!!! Serve very cool and next to a warm baguette slathered with tapenade.Pas Mal.

 

Putting My Country First!!

Following McBush’s lead, I am suspending Jaime Brockway, and putting my country first over Loire Valley Wine. Today, I depart for our nation’s capitol for an indefinite period of time.The American people need my leadership and maverick palate to get through this difficult period. Wish me luck.