Name a classic, food-friendly white wine and Chablis, kiwi Sauvignon or Pinot Grigio may well be amongst the first that spring to mind.
These two leftfield wines from the Co-op are classic grapes / wines that are a little bit less common and therefore slightly leftfield.
This means that:
- they are slightly better value than well-known wines from Big Name Regions
- they are good enough to please anyone who just wants "a glass of something nice"
- they are unusual enough to be interesting, but also classic enough to command respect
Some dinner party facts:
- Viognier's spiritual home is the northern Rhône, where it make very expensive Condrieu
- it almost became extinct, but has seen a revival in fortunes and is now grown all around the world
- it like lots of sun and tastes of ripe peaches and apricots
- not all Rioja is red; white Rioja can be made from local indigenous varieties Viura (aka Macabeo), Malvasía and Garnacha blanca
- CVNE (COO-nay) is the Compañía Vinícola del Norte de España, a family winery founded in 1879 in Haro, La Rioja
Yalumba Y Series Viognier, 2020, Australia (£9)
All Yalumba Viogniers are fermented using wild yeasts which add extra character and complexity to the wines.
white flowers, white pepper and stone fruit; waxy yet crisp with peach, apricot and pineapple fruit, some grapefruit and lemon pitch; honeysuckle and minerality with good, savoury underpinnings.
Match with spicy and rich dishes such as a Sri Lankan vegetable or chicken curry.
Cune White Rioja, 2019 Spain (£9.50)
A blend of Viura and Malvasia
golden sandy yellow. ripe, fresh citrus, orchard fruit and galia melon; fresh clean acidity; pure with long saline minerality. Elegant, substantial and deft.
A versatile food wine, match with roast white meat, pasta in creamy sauces or meaty white fish.
Both these wines are reduced by £1 from 10 November to 30 November 2021 inclusive.
Here's a recipe to match with the white Rioja: Spanish chicken supreme with spring vegetables recipe - BBC Food