Re­call sum­mer with fish­er­man’s friends

Belfast Telegraph - Weekend - - DRINK -

Withour­fish­mon­gers’ stalls laden with mus­sels, oys­ters, crab and plaice, and scal­lops and monk­fish on the menu too, there’s oceans of choice for a sea­wor­thy sup­per. And to rekin­dle hol­i­day mo­ments and thoughts of sun­nier climes, we’ve sailed through the aisles and short­listed some heav­ier whites to pair with fish­er­man’s pie and sea­sonal seafood, along with some crisp, tangy whites for shell­fish. Edna Val­ley Chardon­nay 2015, Cen­tral Coast, Cal­i­for­nia, USA, £9.99 Taste the Dif­fer­ence Mus­cadet Sevre et Maine 2017, France (£7.50, Sains­bury’s) You’d be hard pushed to find a bet­ter match for a seafood plat­ter than a breezy, bone-dry Mus­cadet (from the Loire Val­ley), with its zingy fresh­ness and light, lemony char­ac­ter. Flavours of crisp lemon, ap­ple and melon are well bal­anced with a good min­er­ally edge and fresh acid­ity. Berry Bros & Rudd White Bur­gundy 2017 by Collovray & Ter­rier, France (£12.50, Berry Bros & Rudd) An up­mar­ket own la­bel of­fer­ing great value for a wine this good. With dainty flo­ral scents, sub­tle oak and a crisp, lin­ger­ing fin­ish, it’s a nat­u­ral with crab cakes and seared scal­lops. Paul Mas Viog­nier-Sauvi­gnon 2017, Langue­doc, France (£8.99, Waitrose, in store or by the case on­line) This deftly blended IWC (In­ter­na­tional Wine Chal­lenge) sil­ver medal-win­ner more than de­liv­ers, with at­trac­tive Fruit Orches­tra Chenin Blanc Viog­nier 2018, South Africa, £8 goose­berry aro­mas fram­ing the bou­quet of apri­cot and hon­ey­suckle fruit, and fra­grant viog­nier flirt­ing with the green flavours of sauvi­gnon blanc. Fruit for­ward with a fresh, herbal fin­ish, the rich fruiti­ness makes you want to dive right in. Cave de Tur­ck­heim Pinot Blanc Re­serve 2016, Al­sace, France (£9.99, Vir­gin Wines) This plush pinot blanc is a white-fruited mu­ta­tion of pinot noir. De­light­ful peach aro­mas abound on the nose, while the ripe palate of peachy, cit­rusy fruit has a soft, min­er­ally streak with a crisp, dry fin­ish and touch of spice on the tail. Fruit Orches­tra Chenin Blanc Viog­nier 2018, South Africa (£8, The Co­op­er­a­tive, in store only) A fine and fruity blend, cit­rus and flo­rals meld with ap­ple and trop­i­cal fruit, and there’s a burst of juicy fresh­ness that gives this wine depth as well as crisp­ness. A must with moules mariniere and crusty French bread to dip in the white wine sauce. Los Her­manos Man­zanos Blanco Bar­rica 2017, Rioja, Spain (£10.99 when you mix 12 or more, or £13.99 a bot­tle, Laith­waite’s) Won­der­fully re­fresh­ing, this blend of mostly viura, with a smaller amount of chardon­nay, shows a great bal­anc­ing act — with the brisk bite of green ap­ple fruit tem­pered by sub­tle peach, apri­cot and toasty spice. Pair with a spe­cial seafood paella. Edna Val­ley Chardon­nay 2015, Cen­tral Coast, Cal­i­for­nia, USA (£9.99 mix six, or £15.99 a bot­tle, Ma­jes­tic Wine) Scal­ing dizzy heights of gor­geous­ness, this rich, creamy Cal­i­for­nian chardon­nay has a wealth of ex­otic trop­i­cal fruits. De­lec­ta­ble on its own and ex­cel­lent with monk­fish and firm white fish. Cavede Tur­ck­heim Pinot Blanc Re­serve 2016, Al­sace, France, £9.99

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