Côtes du Rhône wines are much more commonly found as reds, to the extent I’d actually rather forgotten the whites even exist. Rediscovering the style made for all the nicer a surprise!
This is from Famille Perrin, an organically certified family producer. All that care and attention makes for a bottleful of pure flavour and authentic feel. It’s a blend of grenache blanc, marsanne, rousanne and viognier, as is required for whites of the region. The result is beautifully lifted and floral on the nose, with delicious spice and pithy aromas. It’s rich, round and tangy on the palate, sumptuously fruity and distinctly Mediterranean. It’s a white for all seasons, with summery fruit flavour being delightful in hot weather, and the chewy richness proving perfect for the cold.
It’s cool, we get it, you want to know absolutely everything about this wine. Well here you go, go nuts.
- Côtes du Rhône
- Alcohol by Vol.
- Bottle Vol
- Blend Info
- Grenache Blanc, Marsanne, Rousanne, Viognier
- Serving Temp.
The rules are there ain’t no rules, but here are some foods we think will work pretty well with this wine...
Salt & pepper squid
- 3 (about 600g) large cleaned squid hoods
- 1L (4 cups) vegetable oil
- 40g (1/4 cup) plain flour
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp ground white pepper
- 1 tsp Chinese five-spice
- 1/2 tsp chilli powder
- Lemon wedges and soy sauce with
- sliced fresh red chilli, to serve
- Use a sharp knife to cut through 1 side of each squid hood lengthways. Open out flat with inside surface facing up and score surface diagonally. Cut into 3.5cm squares and pat dry with paper towel.
- Heat the oil in a large wok over medium heat until it reaches 190°C on a confectionary/oil thermometer. (Or, add a 5cm cube of bread to the oil - it should turn light golden in 10 seconds.)
- Meanwhile, combine the flour, salt, pepper, Chinese five-spice and chilli in a medium bowl. Add the squid and toss gently to coat.
- Remove half of the squid from the flour mixture and shake off any excess. Add to the oil and cook, turning with a slotted metal spoon, for 2 minutes or until the squid just turns golden and curls. Use the slotted spoon to transfer the squid to a large plate lined with paper towel to drain. Reheat the oil in the wok to 190°C. Repeat with the remaining squid.
- Serve immediately with the lemon wedges and chilli soy sauce.
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