Woo Hoo! Super Bowl Sunday is here! It’s a big deal to many. It would be a HUGE deal for many a local fan had things gone differently a fortnight ago. Whether or not it’s your thing, it still offers an opportunity to get together with friends and family, nosh on some goodies, and to say “cheers” as you clink your glass with someone special. In my world, the big game kicks off at 8:00 AM PST tomorrow, but that’s another world. After that, I’ll be meeting my sister for lunch (that’s 3 meals away, and I’m already craving the mussels), before joining some friends and music peeps to watch America’s biggest sporting spectacle.Well, what’s the wine going to be? Making an educated guess here, I have to say if it’s moules et frites for lunch and a trip to Doug’s house for the SuperBowl, we’re talking about a crisp white wine. Here at TWH, there are plenty of choices, and I may seem biased, but all I need can be found in that fairytale land around the Garonne. The 2010 Château Puy-Servain Montravel Terrement is just the ticket for all of tomorrow’s needs.
I’ve chimed in about Daniel Hecquet and his Château Puy-Servain Montravel Rouge Vieilles Vignes before (afterall, it DID make our Top Ten Wines of 2011 list). Buthis white wine is equally impressive. Again, Montravel lies just beyond the Bordeaux AOC’s border to the east. The climate is similar to that of its prestigious neighbor, perhaps a bit warmer. Still, Bordeaux’s traditional grape varieties thrive in Montravel as well. We’ve been working with Daniel for over a decade through our relationship with importer Robert Kacher Selections. Shortly after RKS stopped importing the wines from Château Puy-Servain, we tasted the new releases and are importing them directly now! For those of us who love White Bordeaux, the Puy-Servain Montravel Terrement is the bomb when it comes to PQR. (That would be price/quality ratio. You often see this abbreviated as QPR, but that stands for Queens Park Rangers, so we’ll be sticking to PQR here.)Here’s a tidbit of insider info: on the back label it lists the cépages as Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, and Muscadelle. In actuality, it’s 50/50 Sauvignon Blanc and Sauvignon Gris. Hmmm. This is interesting, because I know for a fact that Daniel and Christophe Piat of Château Couronneau are good friends. Christophe makes his Bordeaux Blanc by blending Sauvignon Gris with Sauvignon Blanc. It’s an interesting concept as the Sauvignon Gris takes the role traditionally used by Semillon by taking the bite out of the pungent Sauvingon Blanc. You definitely get a sense of cut grass and citrus blossoms, both hallmarks of Sauv Blanc. The Gris gives the wine a wide mouth feel and a hint of a fresh nectarine. Add a touch of mineral and bright, fresh acidity, and you’ve got a winner, winner (yes, a chicken dinner would work nicely with this wine). If you take a look at what White Bordeaux goes for these days (you’re lucky if you can find one under $50), this wine is a screaming good deal. You can bet on the fact that I will be visiting Daniel again this April when I return to Bordeaux for the 2011 UGC En Primeurs tastings.
Talk about good times! I get to taste the 2010 Château Puy-Servain Terrement tomorrow while hanging out with: a) The Chelsea boys down at the Mad Dog in the Fog, b) My sister for lunch, and c) Doug and our musician friends while watching the parade of TV commercials interrupted every now and then by the Super Bowl. It’s been crazy in my world. I caught 6 musical shows in the past 7 nights, starting last Friday at the Connecticut Yankee with our pal Arden from KPIG radio, and culminating with 4 straight Wilco shows. I am headed to another music show tonight (Saturday- NOT Wilco), and have at least 3 more to hit before the 19th of this month. So yes, good times indeed. Well, almost anyway. The Chelsea Blues are singing the blues these days, and I fear with 2 of our starting 4 defenders not playing tomorrow, a foe such as the mighty Manchester United (or as the Chelsea SF ringleader Gerry calls them, the big 1) could prove a bit tough for the home side. We’ll see. That’s why they play the games, right? Win, lose, or draw, it won’t change the fact that I will be drinking the closest thing to White Bordeaux, without paying White Bordeaux prices. What could be better than that?Peter Zavialoff

Please feel free to email me with any questions or comments about any of the 4 NorCal Wilco shows, Bordeaux, or the English Premiership: peter.winehouse@sbcglobal.net