And we are having Paella Valencia (courtesy of M&S) so I thought I'd pair with something other than a Spanish wine for a change.
Often recommended with seafood, especially oysters, this Languedoc indigenous grape Piquepoul, which grows best in Pinet, produces classic aperitif wines that are zesty, almost saline and crisp with still some decent body. The grape name translates as "lip stinger". Citrus notes are not Mr Purple Teeth's favourite description so let's hope I get away with this one...
The judges agree. Mr Purple Teeth agreed, describing it as "nice with gentle citrus, bone dry, good body and a hint of pineapple." It's allowed a place on the "but again" list! I would say it's very good, but not quite great. A bronze medal winner at the International Wine Challenge. Good for the price, representative, but buy by the bottle rather than the case, and await the 2015 vintage in the months ahead.
Meanwhile, it worked with the Paella and finishing it tonight will not be a challenge!