This post is dedicated to the grape varietals I will ask you to forget: the likes of Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, to name a few, whatever varietals command your usual attention.
Don’t worry. It’s only temporary. Forget them just long enough to discover something completely new about wine, perhaps a varietal you know nothing about.
Enter your favorite wine shop ready to resist the temptation to follow your usual path to familiar bottles. Wander the racks and aisles until you come upon an unfamiliar name, a region unknown to you, a bottle that piques your curiosity. Buy it and go home.
That’s how I came to know Pelaverga, a rare and totally charming wine from Italy’s northwestern hills in the region of Piemonte.
This particular wine, Cantine Ascheri Verduno Pelaverga, pours with pleasing crimson color. Between one sip and the next, air around the glass fills with ethereal scents of strawberry, cherry, notes of incense and of pepper. Berry fruit transfers to the palate along with a bit of subtle spice. Dry, clean, and warm in the mouth, harmonious, with ever-so-slight tannins. Delicate, almost shy at first, this wine achieves an even greater harmony hours after opening and into day 2.
Enjoy Pelaverga with soups and light stews, egg-based dishes such as quiche or sophisticated omelets, meat and vegetable kebabs, white flesh fish dishes. Am looking forward to try this wine with Asian plates, too, as I suspect the exotic incense / spice notes will be a nice compliment to flavors of that cuisine. Serve slightly chilled.
Every once in awhile, forget for a moment what you know in order to discover something which you don’t.
Random? Totally. But, sometimes random is where the party is 😉
PS Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot… now safely recollected.