Wine & the art of seduction – Victoria Moore

by Patrick Sandeman

Wine & the art of seduction – Victoria Moore

‘Does it matter what wine is poured when the intention is to seduce? And if so, what bottles might it be good to open? I ask these questions because I was browsing in wine merchants Lea & Sandeman last Friday when a chap, who I鈥檒l call Mr X, walked in and asked for help.

鈥淚 have an important date tonight,鈥 I overheard him say. 鈥淪he likes white wine. What should I buy?鈥 He twinkled. 鈥淢y life is in your hands.鈥 Unwisely, I interfered. I don鈥檛 know what came over me, but I gave him the most terrible advice. If wine choice matters, Mr X might well be miserably logging into match.com and cursing me right now. The American writer Jay McInerney once wrote that his friends favoured fragrant, heady Condrieu when an important date was in prospect 鈥 a good plan, so long as the Condrieu is freshly young and not heavily oaked. I had Mr X buying sancerre (a reasonable choice) for stylish ease and godello for interest (a silly idea).聽 What I wish I鈥檇 told him to go for is fizz, not just because Lea & Sandeman has an Aladdin鈥檚 Cave of a champagne section, but also because being handed a sparkling glass sets an upbeat tone for an evening.’

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/foodanddrink/9467801/Wine-and-the-art-of-seduction.html

White Burgundy & dressed crab

What Victoria went on to buy was a selection of wines, including聽the fabulous聽拢20 white burgundy Rully 1er Cru ‘La Pucelle’ 2010 from Domaine Paul et Marie Jacquesson which she then wrote about in the Telegraph Weekend section saying:

‘2010 burgundy is pretty special, both red and white. Rully can be a bit chunky but this glides, and I love the lemon meringue taste and texture that shines through the oak. 鈥淪ometimes I get this, and a dressed crab from the fishmonger next door鈥︹ said the bloke in the shop. I followed suit.’

拢21.75 for a single bottle, discounted to 拢19.95 by the case of 12 bottles (拢239.40 case)

The ‘bloke in the shop’ was our manager Sandor; a ‘top bloke’ if ever there was one and always on hand with a good suggestion, especially if there is a hint of seduction involved.