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Vignobles Canet 2014
Picpoul de Pinet AOC, France

The Stooge (1952)
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Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis share the screen in The Stooge (1952) as a wouldbe entertainer and his hilarious audience plant, and it’s one of their very best onscreen pairings. Like the unusual Picpoul grape — mild-mannered but with a fresh, lemony ‘zing’ — the suave crooner and manic comic may seem like opposites but they make an unbeatable combination.

THE WINE

Picpoul de Pinet is a rare white from France’s sunny south – and your exciting taste comes from Château Canet, one of the most respected domaines in the Minervois. Best-selling wine writer Oz Clarke says the name Picpoul means ‘lipstinger’ (which is hard to imagine for such a mild-mannered white), while locals claim it refers to the habit of local chickens (‘poules’) pecking fallen grapes off the ground. Either way, this delicious example is one of our favorite new finds.

THE GRAPE

GRAPE“Brilliant value and zinging with lemony freshness … if you like white wine, you’ll love Picpoul de Pinet,” says Olly Smith. Picpoul
(pronounced ‘pick-pool’) is a white grape that grows in southern France’s Languedoc. And most unusually for France, it has its own appellation – Picpoul de Pinet AOC – located right near the seaside on the sunny Mediterranean coast.

So what can you expect in the glass? Here’s top critic Olly Smith: “Picpoul is the south of France’s answer to northern French Muscadet with its similarly lemony zing but sometimes also with a subtle floral whiff.” This exclusive is deliciously crisp, with pear and peach aromas, followed by zippy citrus flavors on the palate. Not surprisingly, given the vineyards’ proximity to the Mediterranean, it makes a refreshing accompaniment to fish (raw, grilled or prepared in light sauces).

WITH FOOD

foodSeafood and Picpoul de Pinet are a match made in culinary heaven. Shellfish-based meals like classic bouillabaisse or seared scallops are great choices. For serious southern French flair, whip up a batch of pistou – a sauce of garlic, basil and olive oil – and spoon it over simply grilled fish, chicken or pork. Grilled veggies or rich cheeses will also pair nicely.

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