2013, Xavier Frissant, Loire, France with: Courgette & 3 Cheese
A zippy white
from the Loire Valley proves that there is life after Sauvignon Blanc, with
this subtle herb scented ancient relative of its more prevalent cousin. It has
the bright acidity to cut through the richness of the cheeses, and enough
thrust to cope with the vegetal twang of the courgettes.
2013, Ribeiro, Spain with
Wild red Carabinieros prawns
blend of Treixadura, Godello, Albariño and Loureira from Galicia, North-West
Spain, a hotbed of excellent seafood. It has weight and a creamy richness on
the palate, a great foil for the intense ocean flavour oozing from these
prawns, as well as the smoky char of the grill. Mineral, precise, cleansing — a
wine utterly at home with seafood.