April 03, 2007

Château Val Joanis 2004 Côtes du Luberon, about $12

I tasted this white from the south of France months ago, and the first thing I though of was ham. How delicious the peach and apricot flavors would be against the sweet, salty pink meat. How sumptuous the satinlike texture would feel against the richness of a slow- baked, clove-studded ham. How refreshing the kick of acidity in the end would be bite after bite, sip after sip.

Now, with distance, I can also see how delicious it would be with roasted asparagus, spring peas, new potatoes and all the other traditional Easter fixings. Or even with roast fish, for those who don't do pork. You can have it with lots of things. I'm having it with ham.

Imported by USA Wine Imports, New York.

This was first printed in the Denver Post.

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