Durban has always been my favorite BdV. And it's not horribly expensive so it's perfect for a sabayon. Vidal-Fleurie used to produce an excellent one as well- not sure if they still do since their acquisition some years back.August comes around and plenty of fresh fruit around. A perfect end to a meal.
2011 Domaine de Durban Beaumes de Venise
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Muscat is the grape, from the southern Rhone Valley. Sweet with Intense grape flavour. (Bizarrely, muscat is the only grape that tastes of grapes when made into wine!). Excellent as an apero and as a dessert wine, widely considered France's best dessert muscat. Durban is a top producer. Red Beaumes de Venise is also available. (White or pink from this area is classified as Cotes du Rhone). An underrated wine these days, it used to be the only sweet wine on a restaurant list in the UK. £9.25 (from the cellar door).
Spinach pkhali and butternut squash with a ginger-tomato sauce.Oooh, lovely! I would have really enjoyed that.
What did you have to eat with it?
I´ve been fortunate enough to have access to some Belgian beers recently; both in the UK and the USA. These are beers to sit and enjoy, to savour, like a fine wine; not beers to chug down while watching a game of football! The flavours are, in some cases, extremely complex, like the Trappistes Rochefort . My favourite, when I can get hold of it, is Delirium Tremens - perhaps more for its creative presentation than for the content!From left: Blonde 6%, Ambrée 6% and Triple 8%. All brewed in the tiny weeny space seen behind the rope, above. All very good too, although the Triple is not to my unsophisticated (beer) taste