We normally like to go to our favorite Mediterranean restaurant because of its outdoor seating, lively ambience and liberal corkage policy (read none). This particular evening though, we were too tired for fun, but were still hankering for some falafel fun madness. Solution? Order in and take out; done!
Our standard fare at The Olive Tree Cafe is a plate of briny, acidic, salti-licious Greek caviar, a falafel sandwich, baba ganoush and a house salad with seriously the best vinaigrette in the world. Smokiness, herbiness and acidity are the main characteristics of these dishes, hence a wine with a fair amount of acid is needed to balance all this madness out.
The 2007 Trenel Macon-Villages is just what the wine gods ordered. This wine had everything you’d want and more from a solid white Macon. Tingling minerality, searing acidity and green apple flavors. For the bonus round, there was un-characteristic juiciness. Juiciness is not a typical characteristic that I get from a Macon blanc, but this one had it, giving the wine a much more full and rounded mouthfeel. This was perfect for our dinner that evening. The wine and food together were making our palates very happy.
A little more expensive for a Macon-Villages Blanc ($18), but oh so worth it. The wine is imported by the reclusive Robert Chadderdon, who has an excellent portfolio filled with the likes of producers like Quintarelli and Billecart-Salmon. Obviously, this is one of his more affordable selections.