The simplest wine pairings are the best. Sometimes what we really need with that special bottle is just a tasty bowl of our favorite snacks be it chips or chicharron ( pork rinds)
I don’t do potato chips or other corn-based since following a low carb diet lifestyle. On an occasional basis, you will see me enjoy a small bowl of popcorn. However, what I really enjoy and can eat without counting carbs is a nice bowl of chicharrones. In my teenage years, living in Venezuela, I would enjoy them with a cold beer or a rum with coke. nowadays, beer and rhum are not my favorite drinks.
This also being the beginning of sugar shack season, you will also see pork rinds in many cabanes de sucre. Actually, I will skip the sugar shack this year due to my dietary restrictions.
So what to drink with your chicharrones?. Basically, you should eyeball a medium body red with some tannins for the fat but not too much because the salt will accentuate the tannic sensation in your palate. Sparkling wines and Champagne work best because they will cleanse your palate. The above pictured wines are excellent and affordable choices for your next piggy snack!!!
Domaine des Hauts Baigneux Spontané Blanc 2017. SAQ # 13879801. $24.45
This beautiful ” pet nat” is the brainchild of star winemakers Nicolas Grosbois and Philippe Mesnier ( Domaine des Hauts Baigneux). Although working from the Loire Valley, they also source grapes from the French Southwest ( Semillon, Len de l’el and Mauzac) to make this wine.
Very aromatic nose reminiscent of japanese pear, rose water and vanilla bean. On the palate, dry and slighty saline with a long and pure finale.
Joseph Faiveley Bourgogne 2016. SAQ # 00142448, $25.10
Faiveley is a well established name in Burgundy and does not need an introduction in these pages. This famous company has been based in Nuits St Georges since the days of Pierre Faiveley who founded the business in 1825. His son Joseph gave his name to the enterprise, to be followed by the first François, Georges who was instrumental in founding the Chevaliers du Tastevin, Guy who developed the business in the Côte Chalonnaise, François who has recently retired and now his son Erwan, born in 1979.
Lovely Pinot Noir with hints of smoke and sun-dried tomato laced with strawberry puree and bright raspberry undertones. On the palate, structured with soft tannins complemented by delicious flavours of licorice and black fruits.
Podere Castorani Cadetto Montepulciano d’Abruzzo 2015. SAQ # 12494651. $18.40
Podere Castorani is the wine project of F1 star Jarno Trulli and his family in the Abruzzo region. Although a big estate in the region, Castorani has been making high quality wines since 1793
Textbook Montepulciano nose reminiscent of dark plums and cherry. Full body, yet fruity with lush and chewy tannins.
Disclosure: The wines above were tasted at the A3 Quebec February press tasting.