Wine of the Month: Feb 2021


La Vis Riesling, Trentino, Italy, 2018 (£17)

Thomas' Recipe Match:

Thai Peanut Noodle Salad

Some spicy, creamy, and zippy flavours in this crunchy feast go really nicely with the gentle sweetness and citric touch of this Riesling. Cook your vermicelli noodles for just a few minutes, then drain and run under cold water before tossing them in sesame oil. Turn carrots, cucumber, spring onions, or whatever veg you fancy into shoelace strings using a peeler. Add chillies to adjust to your desired spice level. Whip up a sauce using peanut butter, lime juice, grated ginger, soy sauce, a touch of honey and some more sesame oil. Mix up your veg and noodles, top it with the dressing and some coriander and pour yourself a generous glass! You’re in for a treat. Oh! An addition of prawns to this salad adds some sweet protein.

Bruce’s Album Pairing:
Cloth (Cloth, 2019)

Glasgow band Cloth’s self-titled debut album is incredibly moreish, much like the La Vis Reisling. Crisp and delicate with a beguiling complexity, this intense aural(/oral) experience makes perfect sense both on warm summer evenings, and in cosy living rooms during the winter months. Cloth’s music is richly textured and meticulously well-structured. One of those rare instances where an album represents truly great feats of musicianship, production and engineering in equal measure. Stunning.

Anthony’s Movie Match:
Blazing Saddles (Mel Brooks, 1974)

Dry, fruity and much more complex than it first appears. The film - not just the wine! Coming hot off the heels of the Civil Rights Movement, this searing comedy is not only a loving homage to all things American, but a powerful symbol of how joy, laughter and irreverence can overpower hate and division. And don’t worry if you hate Westerns - it basically rips them a new one.