Vinum Cellars Chenin Blanc / Viognier, 2010

This wine pulled a Zelig.  Again, very rarely do you see the professionals review wine this way: First night with a Whole Foods wild salmon pot pie the wine fell flat.  It was steely and sharp and unappealing.  Second night, with a homemade Thai curry (base of green curry paste, Thai basil, coconut milk) the wine came alive with dimension and nuanced flavours of straw and sweet tropical fruits.

 

Wine and food have character and when they clash it doesn’t matter how many points Robert Parker has awarded a bottle.  Oh, and wine and food is how most of the world enjoys wine.  It seems so irrelevant to us that wine and food are perpetually treated as distinct.  It’s like deconstructing bread.

 

This, for us, was a Chenin Blanc; we’re not smart enough to get the viognier but the label promised us it was there.

 

Did we like this wine?  We found it versatile and interesting, a decent sipper, a great mid-week selection, and refreshing fresh from the fridge, but if we were to serve a west coast Chenin to guests it would be the L’Ecole.  (And then we could pull out the Vinum as the back-up…)

 

Price: $18.99 at Marquis, one of the friendliest spots to buy wine in Vancouver.

 

Market Liquidity: No harm no foul.

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