with our wine correspondent Cormac Power, proprietor of The Fat Angel Restaurant, Cathedral Square, Waterford
IMAGES of fading lights and cooler evenings may conjure up a desire for fattier foods and deeper reds. With a shift in season comes a shift in diet and white wine has as much to play for this time of year than red wine. Restaurants start to change their menus to welcome in the seasonal delights of mushrooms, pumpkins, and game meats, among others. Wine enthusiasts find themselves moving away from the light hearted Pinot Grigio and Sauvignon Blanc to something weightier like Cote du Rhone Blanc or Aussie Chardonnay. Also cheese, especially soft, is an all year rounder with white wines. Only the hard and salty varieties prefer red wine. The one pot wonders, with or without meat, can find solace in white wines of a certain age. Don’t forget that medium sweet sherry for the after dinner fireside time. You are not in any way limited for choice as many regions become favourable this time of year such as South African Chenin Blanc, German Riesling or Pinot Blanc. So if you are automatically programmed to go for red wine in autumn think again and try a different kind of white.
Wine of The Week:
Sipp Mack Riesling Grand Cru Rosacker Alsace France: The nose is pure with notes of acacia, white flowers and exotic fruits. The mouth is ample but fresh. The fruity and mineral aromas are balanced perfectly. Enjoy a white autumn with this one.