Sunday Night Dinner: Value
(Please note that this dinner took place on a monday and not a sunday as advertised)
There are a few ways to talk about value in wine. The first is to talk about wines that you would deign to throw in your mouth only if your tongue was on fire but is so cheap that it merits the term “value.” This is the “2 Buck Chuck” category. Then there are wines that are “values” becase they are drastically reduced in price, but only because no one should be buying them in the first place (75% off, how can i resist!). This category includes tons af new world syrah/shiraz and still leads to buyer’s remorse. The last category is wines that are actual values. These are wines where you could conceivably pay more for them, but you’re glad you didn’t.
So on sunday (see above) i had a heaping pile of pulled pork left over from my birthday party and, deciding that another pulled pork sandwich was not in my future, i imagined what exactly could be made with this, and i finally settled on “dumplings.”
Now, if you’re lazy, you can buy premade dumpling dough, but making it from scratch is so easy (1 cup boiling water, 2 cups flour, 1/4 teaspoon sesame oil knead until smooth) that you will feel bad for ever spending money on frozen stuff. Some napa cabbage, scallions and
To compliment this flash of inspiration (or whatever the hell it is when you use leftovers not as originally intended) i opened a bottle of what i can only describe as the house wine here at chez saignee, a bottle of 2008 Les Heretiques from Chateau d’Oupia, a vin de pays l’Herault. This is a wine that is a true value in a sea of value imitators. It’s a cheap wine that doesn’t taste cheap at all and it’s a wine that transcends the stereotypes of its region (this last bit is sort of the hallmark of Louis/Dressner selections).
This is a wine that manages to be easy drinking (i don’t mean the bullshit “easy drinking” glycerine loaded smooth milkshakey thing that describes most wines that people think are easy drinking) in a region that known for tough, unyielding wines. It’s a product of the Iche family, who are lucky enough to be related to the late Andre Iche, one of the pioneers of making quality wines from hillside terroirs in the infamous “wine sea” of the languedoc, where industrial, flat vineyards are the rule.
Excellent wine, and excellent with dumplings. i would say i wish i had more, but in reality i have four more bottles, so i’m not too worried.