Grab your toothpaste and toothbrush, it's time for some mighty big reds! In my latest column at Vancouver's Georgia Straight, I share a fun quintet from all around the globe. Read on...
OK, can we please make this a thing? On the way to the office today I grabbed a Banh Mi sub, the classic Vietnamese sandwich on soft, crusty baguette, with pork coldcuts and loaf, pickled vegetables and cilantro. A killer lunch for the ridiculously low price of $3.50 from Ba Le in Vancouver's Chinatown.
The stars being aligned found me ALSO tasting a traditional-method sparkling wine for a writing assignment, in this case Sperling Vineyards 2010 Sparkling Brut from the Okanagan Valley in B.C. It's 100% Pinot Blanc and spent 36 months on the lees. Toasty Granny Smith apple notes with an abundance of citrus ride the wine all the way through.
When trying it with the Banh Mi, DUDE! The toasty character hits the baguette so well, the citrus dovetails with the picked vegetables perfectly, the fresh acidity cuts through the richness of the pork, and the saltiness of the sandwich is taken care of by the wine's juiciness with ease.
I THINK THIS IS A THING! #BanhMiAndBrut Let's do this. Give it a whirl with your own favourites and let me know how it goes...