Picpoul de Pinet -the best value around in a French Wine

Terre de Neptune Picpoul de Pinet Languedoc France 2011

As I was scanning the shelves at Cascadia Liquor Store in Victoria B.C., my eye was caught by this wine.  My wife loves French Wines and I am always on the lookout for good value wines.  At $16.00 including tax this seemed like a very good price.  Not only that, but this wine is in their Best Buys section where you can get 5% off if you buy a case. (This is the Cascadia store in Uptown Mall, I am not sure if the same applies at all the stores.)

The wine is called Terre de Neptune and the grape in it is Pipoul.  It is from the Languedoc region in the south of France. and the AOC is called Picpoul de Pinet. We tried this wine as an aperitif and with our first course which was frutti di mare featuring clams, mussels, shrimp and octopus with farro grain which was an antipasti that I had taken home from Zambris, ( the restaurant where I work as a Sommelier). It was perfect!.  When steely cold right out of the fridge it was very refreshing but as it began to warm up it became more velvety and aromatic.  I think it could work really well with spicy food as well.Pic poulI realized as I picked this wine up, that the reason it caught my eye is because Picpoul was one of the grapes I was tested on when I took my Sommelier exam many years ago.  I have a funny feeling that I actually remember this name because I failed to get it right on the exam.  As a relatively obscure grape it just did not stay in my memory.  Now why do we more often remember our mistakes than our successes?  I couldn’t tell you the name of the grapes that I did remember.  Well, that is another blog.

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