Ann Lin, Certified Sommelier, Court of Master Sommeliers, shares some of her favourite wines with delicious food pairing suggestions.
1. Champagne André Beaufort “La Cuvée Saint Jean” Brut
Food Pairing: Roast salmon with cream cheese and herbs and crackers
The owner of this vineyard is a pioneer in organic winemaking in Champagne, and he came to organic winemaking because he had a personal allergy. He decided to convert the entire wine making process to organic some years ago, and now he emerges as the best family owned winery in Champagne. He is even further into the biodynamic process because he cures the vines with aromatherapy. The results are very good and impressive. A very good expression of the terroir, It’s very long and mouth watering. You will feel the balance of the richness and the length.
2. AOC Sancerre “Les Roches” 2012 Domaine Vacheron
Food Pairing: Sea scallop carpaccio with caviar and olive oil vinaigrette with zest of lime
This is a classical dry white exclusive Sauvignon grape wine from the Loire valley produced in Sancerre. Domaine Vacheron, has an open nose with citrus aromas, hints of mint and green vegetables.
3. Perlage Col di Manza, Prosecco Superiore Di Conegliano Valdobbiadene DOCG
Food Pairing: Light canapés
Fragrances of ripe tropical fruits, white flowers and a hint of citrus. Tangy notes from the mineral rich soil. This sparkling wine is an “Extra Dry” style (which is actually sweeter than Brut) and would be tasty as an “aperitivo” before dinner or with light canapés.
The Perlage winery was the first organic sparkling wine producer in Italy. Not only are they certified organic in the EU and for the US and China markets, but Perlage is also Demeter Certified for their biodynamic agricultural practices. The Perlage Col di Manza hails from the most famous region for Prosecco in Veneto, just north of Venice, called Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore DOCG – quite a mouthful to say. Here, the Consorzio sets very strict guidelines for the viticulture and viniculture of their sparkling wines and guarantees a high level of consistency and unique flavour profile.
4. Ampelidae Armance B., Loire, France
Food Pairing: Dishes with slightly salty or creamy texture. Great for Sunday Brunch or organic mimosas (equal parts of organic orange juice and organic sparkling wine)
If you are looking for an alternative to Champagne, the Ampelidae Armance B. is an inexpensive option. Possibly more interesting than the wine is the winemaker – Frederic Brochet – a PhD of Oenology and famous for his study on wine tastings in 2001. Whilst at University of Bordeux, Brochet tricked wine experts by changing the color of the wine. Wine experts used red wine descriptors when actually tasting a white wine. Brochet is now the winemaker for his family’s winery and uses traditional methods and the best technology in the Loire Valley to craft this organic sparkling wine.