Waitrose has the very food friendly gamay grape in the juicy Beaujolais Fleurie Mommesin on sale at pounds 6.99, down from pounds 8.99, and the minerally sauvignon blanc from the Loire Valley, the Sancerre
Couronne et Lions on sale at pounds 8.99, down from pounds 11.99.
No, the problem was that people go to The Bucklemaker for a plate of glistening oysters, crispy grilled sardines and a great piece of sole and chips, washed down with a bottle of Sancerre
, especially if the receiver is footing the bill.
Classic sauvignon is of course Sancerre
from the Loire Valley in France; many might say Cloudy Bay from New Zealand, but I find many of the Kiwi wines over-flowery for simply grilled fish.
The Loire Valley is better known for its whites - Sancerre
, Savennieres, Muscadet etc - but there are reds in the area made mainly from cabernet franc that are known for forward red berry fruit and easy drinking.
Chenin Blanc's home is in the middle reaches of the Loire River around Anjou and Saumur, east of proletarian Muscadet and west of the aristocratic Sauvignon Blancs, Sancerre
and Pouilly- FumA.
A Bourgeuil or Chinon might work for the red and often the best match for fresh goat's cheese is a white Sancerre
, also from the Loire, but other wines made from the Sauvignon Blanc grape are worth a go.
IN the Loire, the Sauvignon Blanc goes into wines like Sancerre
, Pouilly Fume and Menetou du Salon.
Of course, there has to be a pink in there and why not throw caution to the wind and go for a sancerre
FROM the elegance of Sancerre
to the crispness of Pouilly-Fume and the minerality of muscadet, the majestic Loire Valley stretches 400 miles along the River Loire from central France, to the west coast.
Two sauvignon blancs really stood out: the Freehand Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2011 and the Girard Sancerre
BEFORE Sauvignon Blanc from Marlborough in New Zealand's South Island took the world of wine by storm 30 years ago, it was generally accepted that benchmark Sauvignon Blanc came from Sancerre
. Some still think it does - and they have a point.
At its home in the Loire Valley in France and Sancerre
in particular the grape has the aroma of freshly cut grass, elderflower, dandelions and willow herb.