Hereâ€™s a plan I often use at dinner parties. For aperitif, I pour a lightly-chilled light red (such as the Beaujolais below), then a white with the appetizer, and with a chicken or pork main course â€“ I pour a rustic red such as the Pinot below. The sequence provides an interesting sequence of experiences â€“ with wines that friends might not normally drink.
This is refreshing, gulping Beaujolais at its best. A perfect play between the fruitiness and lip-smacking tartness. So lively, so lighthearted. Amazing how something so simple can be so much fun. Wine to elevate your mood as you prep supper, wait for pizza delivery, start of the hockey game, springtime sipping, whatever! Donâ€™t forget that Beaujolais is one of the best partners for curry. Lightly chilled, of course.
BOUCHARD AINE & FILS 17 Beaujolais Superieur, France
9431 $12.95Â ($10.95 till Mar 3)
A TRIP TO THE FARMYARD!
Fans of smooth, rich, yummy New World reds should STOP reading right now because youâ€™ll hate this wine, and me, for recommending it. The rest of you back-streeters in search of some funk might like to get down with this Burgundy Pinot â€“ now on sale. Bichotâ€™s wine delivers the traditional Burgundy farmyard flavours and feelings in a tart, lightish wine. Certainly not for everyone, but this style of wine has an amazing ability to elevate the flavours of a roasted chicken or pork roast. Need I mention that pouring this wine style at a party could result in the loss of many, or all, of your friends. Be warned!
ALBERT BICHOT 16 Bourgogne Pinot Noir, France
166959 $19.95Â ($16.95 till 3 March)