Tea and toast

July 2nd, 2011 | Food & Wine

There is an old saying that goes “a little of what you fancy does you good”, and to prove a point I woke up the other day with a craving for some thick cut marmalade on a slice of hot buttered toast. Fortunately I had all the ingredients in my fridge and cupboards, and savoured every mouthful, accompanied by a mug of piping hot Yorkshire tea. It’s sometimes the really simple pleasures that manage to hit the spot. Another such example – a rare fillet steak with a thick, freshly-made bearnaise sauce. Simple, but truly a match made in heaven….

Fortunately we are all have different tastes and enjoy different things, so when I used to get asked “which wine should I drink?” my reply was always the same – drink the wine that you enjoy.

Referring back to my post of a week or two ago about food and wine matching, I was lucky enough to dine in a good restaurant in Vigo yesterday. They had a special French promotion, which is highly unusual in Spain and so I jumped at the chance of eating (and drinking) some old, familiar favourites. An excellent Chablis 1er Cru Fourchaume 2008 from probably the best co-operative that I know (anywhere in the world) – La Chablisienne, and a drop of Sauternes, Chateau d’Arche, with dessert.

The Chablis was super dry, racy and stylish, with a shot of steely gunflint running through it. People often talk about the influence of the soil on wine, and I swear that in this case, I could actually taste the calcareous kimmerigian clay and chalk that dominates the region. An absolute joy with the shellfish that I was eating. It’s really easy to get excited about wine when a humble meal somehow becomes more memorable for all the right reasons.

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