Are you still looking for that great bottle of wine that’s perfect for dinner parties, book club, committee meetings, or just afternoon sipping? Well, I’ve got just the wine for you! It’s called Hugues Beaulieu Picpoul de Pinet and is a French white wine I first discovered ten years ago and am still in love with it today! Just so you know, Hugues Beaulieu is the brand; Picpoul is the grape variety (like Chardonnay or Pinot Noir).
What’s so great about the wine?
- It’s Delicious! Citrusy with hints of grapefruit and lime, this is a classic white wine that’s the ultimate crowd pleaser! In August 2013, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate (Issue #208) gave it 87 points and described it as “crisp, dry, elegant, and well made”. In 2013, it was also named by Wine & Spirits Magazine as a Best Buy and one of the Top 100 Values of the Year. No one had to tell me this, I’ve known for years this was a fabulous find!
- Price Point. Hugues Beaulieu Picpoul de Pinet retails for around $10.99 a bottle. What a great value and no buyer’s remorse when buying multiple bottles (remember, most stores give you a 10% discount when buying by the case). It’s truly the perfect party wine!
- It’s easy to find. Just look for it in the French section of your local wine shop. And, don’t worry about pronouncing the name correctly, it’s perfectly fine to simply ask for Picpoul and you’ll be pointed in the right direction.
- It’s French! Who doesn’t love sipping on a little French white wine that you just “happened to have on hand” – it’ll show that you’re tres chic!
- It pairs perfectly with a variety of foods. I love to serve it with Saint Andre, a triple crème brie cheese that’s also from France and AMAZINGLY GOOD!!! I found it at Whole Foods years ago (while tasting my way through the cheese counter) and it’s been one of my favorites since. You can find it in many grocery stores (Whole Foods, Publix, I’ve even seen it at Costco) and it’s priced quite reasonably.
Do you want all your guests saying “Ooh la la!” at your next gathering? Well, serve them this fabulous little French wine and they will!
Write in and let me know, what’s your favorite wine and cheese pairing?