As you may know, since the very beginning the girl & the fig has boasted an exclusively “Rhône-alone” wine list.
We’ve always loved that featuring unique Rhône wines gives us an opportunity to begin a conversation with our guests, perhaps introduce them to something new, as well as to present talented and innovative producers we believe in.
In honor of “Wine Wednesday,” a little about one of our beloved California Rhône producers –
This week: Tablas Creek’s Clairette Blanche!
Tablas Creek Vineyard sits on an 120-acre, all organic estate. The warms days and cooler nights allow their Rhône varietals to ripen slowly and to perfection. At Tablas Creek, varietals are blended to create a rich and balanced flavor.
Son of Tablas Creek founder, Jason Haas, learned the wine business at an early age. He accompanied his family on yearly trips to Europe, and he spent summers working at Chateau de Beaucastel. Winemaker Neil Collins was introduced to founder Robert Haas and was so intrigued by his project that he learned the process of wine making and was offered the winemaker position at Tablas Creek.
The varietal, Clairette Blanc is highly allocated and unique; Tablas has only produced 20 cases and we have 2 of them! Be sure to come to the girl & the fig to try this delicious wine that only Tablas Creek is making right now!
The Clairette Blanche tends to have floral, mineral, almost soapy aromas, to be relatively low in acid, and to oxidize easily. This grape is used to make still wines and also sparkling wines.
Pairs Well With:
Light in color and flavor, this wine pairs well with many seafood dishes and soft cheeses. At the girl & the fig, we’d recommend the pastis-scented steamed mussels and frites (garlic, leeks, herbs, grilled bread) or the wild flounder meuniere (yukon potato puree, cello spinach, lemon-caper brown butter).
At home, pair this wine with a fresh salad, or a variety of soft cheeses.