A wonderful food and wine pairing dinner last night at Copper Grille at The Golf Club at Copper Valley. A grilled whole Bronzini or alternately Branzino (Mediterranean Sea Bass) with ginger lime, coconut risotto and baby Bok Choy. Chef Janet Weissbeck prepared this delicate and mild white fish to perfection to bring out its sweet mild flavors.
This was paired by Susan Tipton’s 2018 Acquiesce Ingénue. Don’t let the name fool you as it’s definition states “an innocent or unsophisticated young woman, especially in a play or film”. This is a unique white blend of Grenache Blanc, Clairette Blanche, Bourboulenc and Picpoul Blanc. The gestalt of this wine, when you combine the Grenache Blanc (pleasant minerality with hints of green apple and apricot), Bourboulenc (a rare varietal in the United States with as Susan states “…beeswax on the nose, citrus flavors of orange and key lime…..with a honeyed finish”), Picpoul (with pineapple, lemon custard and floral nose) and Clairette Blanche (again an uncommon varietal in California (with a medium-heavy viscosity, mild grapefruit and a floral bouquet) you have an exquisite and one of kind experience. Each of the varietals received an award winning Gold or Double Gold in various competitions. The Ingénue won Best of Class & Double Gold at the 2019 International Women’s Wine Competition plus Best of Class in the 2019 Sunset International Wine Competition. A great uncommon find and worthy of honor in any cellar!