Meet the Grape: In lovely Languedoc, located in the southwest of France, a lone white grape exists among a sea of crimson — Picpoul Blanc. Pronounced “peek-pool blawnk,” this pale wine is a light mélange of melon and citrus with just a pinch of sea salt. The name Picpoul is derived from the French words “picque,” meaning sharp, and “poul,” meaning lip. Put it together and you get “lip stinger,” but please don’t be afraid. Acidic Picpoul is also known for its pleasant, lingering finish that wine experts claim lasts nearly 7-8 seconds.
Stinger and Sushi: Picpoul was destined to be matched with seafood. Situated on a limestone plateau, the Picpoul vineyards overlook the oyster and mussel farms of Languedoc. And if you enjoy a sprinkle of sea salt or squeeze of lemon on fish dishes, imagine how those flavors found in Picpoul will enhance a piece of fresh tuna sashimi.
One Under Ten: The 2004 “Gaujal De St. Bon” Picpoul De Pinet for $7.99 is all about fresh cut melons, lemon and clean minerality. Serve it nice and cold to pump up the acidity