Ugni blanc. Colombard. Two grapes we hadn't heard of, both in one white wine that hails from France.
Ugni blanc. Colombard. Two grapes we hadnít heard of, both in one white wine that hails from France.
The Domaine du Tariquet Classic ($10 at Weilandís Market) is a mouth-wateringly fresh-tasting wine thatís tart enough to wake up any party.
If all you can think about is spring, warmer weather is something this wine will pair nicely with.
Right out of the fridge, itís refreshing; given the chance to warm up, a honey-like sweetness appears. Itís been said before, but it bears repeating: Refrigeration can mask some flavors, so itís worth sampling both ways, if only just to notice the difference.
In this bottleís case, ďserve chilledĒ is the first phrase that appears on the back label.
Thanks to its sharp, green-apple-and-citrus tastes, the Tariquet pairs best with fish dishes, light appetizers (prosciutto-wrapped melon slices would be great) or just sipped solo. (Itís best known as an ďaperitifĒ ó an appetizer thatís a drink.)
Ugni blanc, it turns out, is another name for the trebbiano grape Ö which everyoneís apparently had before; itís one of the most widely planted grapes in the world. Colombard has similar high-acidity, fairly neutral flavor profiles, but isnít as widely planted.
Neither are grapes bragged about on restaurant wine lists ó but, joined with a couple of other grapes here, theyíre not a bad combo.
Photo by Meghan Ralston