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Château Canet ‘Réserve de la Famille,’ Vieilles Vignes 2017
Minervois AOC, France

Funny Girl (1968)
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 3 @ 10:30 PM (ET)

This gold medal-winning white should be enjoyed with an award-winning film. Pair it with Barbra Streisand’s Oscar-winning screen debut, a thoroughly entertaining adaptation of her hit Broadway musical. Crafted with sensitivity by veteran director William Wyler, Funny Girl shines a spotlight on one of the stage’s most clever and determined comediennes, Fanny Brice – a fun match for a wine region named for the Roman goddess of wisdom.

THE WINE

Nineteenth-century Château Canet is one of the leading domaines in southern France’s Minervois region. When proprietor Floris Lemestra (below, with his faithful canine) introduced us to his ‘Family Reserve’ white, he said his ancient Roussanne and Bourboulenc vines (‘vieilles vignes’) had helped him produce something really special. And so far, critics have agreed: this dazzling white boasts gold from the Concours Général Agricole de Paris and top wine guide Gilbert & Gaillard. Look forward to a delicate, fresh palate, with ripe, citrus- and tropical-fruit flavors.

THE GRAPES

Floral, spicy Roussanne and vibrant, citrusy Bourboulenc are two of the great white grapes of southern France. Alongside Viognier and Marsanne, they star in the opulent (and often pricey) blends of the Rhône Valley, most famously white Châteauneuf-du-Pape. But for top quality and friendlier prices, savvy wine fans head next door to the Languedoc, where these beautiful grapes ripen perfectly in the bright Mediterranean sunshine.

THE REGION

WM_FlorisLemstra_ChCanetdogMinervois is a top appellation in the Languedoc, where rugged, rocky terrain, extreme temperatures, and gnarly, old vines make for a challenging – but very rewarding – winemaking environment. The Romans were wise to plant here 2,000 years ago, so it’s fitting the region is named after their goddess of wisdom, Minerva. While best known for rich reds, it produces lovely whites too.

WITH FOOD

fish_whitefish_overveggiesWhile this ‘Family Reserve’ makes a refreshing aperitif, it will really shine with food. Floris enjoys it with baked white fish or his personal favorite, sushi. This can also stand up to richer white meat dishes. You could pair it with grilled chicken, roasted turkey, or even pork chops. Try topping your choice in a creamy, citrus-based sauce to complement the wine’s fruit flavors.

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