Fri 27 Mar 2009
Fried chicken is something we eat about as often as Howie Mandel gets dandruff, but be that as it may, last night LL brought some fried chicken home from Whole Foods, along with a white bean and corn salad and sauteed kale. It has long been an established tenet with me that the best wine with fried chicken is rosé, and it just happened that there was a bottle of the Angove Nine Vines Rosé 2008, South Australia, in the fridge.
A blend of 70 percent grenache and 30 percent shiraz (syrah), the wine sports a ravishing bright magenta-cerise color. Aromas of peach, pear and melon entice the nose, along with hints of dried herbs and limestone. In the mouth, the wine is quite dry, vivid with acidity and juicy with flavors of sour cherry, melon ball and candied apple. The texture balances attractive lushness with the spareness of scintillating minerality. A superior rosé and thoroughly enjoyable. Very Good+. About $13.
Imported by Trinchero Vineyards, St. Helena, Ca.
We have had Whole Foods in Memphis only a few months, that is, since the company took over Wild Oats and gradually replaced that store here. The prepared foods are excellent; I would put their fried chicken up against any of the numerous fast-food outlets that crowd our city.