Red wine is still dominating white wine consumption all around the world. If tradition and health matters are part of an explanation, this is not consistent from a sensorial point of view, as white wines offer such a wide range of different flavours ; one would say larger than red wines. White wines are far away better fitted for pairing meals ; from aperitives to desserts, from vegetables to fruits, from meats to seafood, from spices to cheeses! Sharp, fleshy, dry, sweet, flowery, mineral, fruity, one can enjoy many possibilities with white wines.
Grace Chang is one of the white wines defenders and we can find a fine balanced white/red selection in her shop Grace Bodega in Taipei.
Her last crush for white wines comes from Domaine de Menard in Gascony. Colombard, Gros Manseng and Ugni Blanc grape varieties, typical from Côtes de Gascogne and Armagnac Appellations produce aromatic and fresh and friendly wines with citrus, passion fruit and pineapple notes in their white dry wines ; whereas sweet wines from Gros Manseng and Petit Manseng have peach, dry apricot and honey aromas.
Here is Grace meal proposal for having taiwanese meal with Menard Cotes de Gascogne wines.
We were lucky to have it prepared for us and in front of us in the famous Eight Nine Teppanyaki restaurant !
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