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I've Always Hated Skiing

03 February 2018

Rosé, Red or ???

I hate morning skiing, every turn feels like combat. By the time I get to the bottom of the run I'm properly puffing and my thighs are burning.

My only real target is the 1 o'clock lunch.

Not the "let's grab a salad and get back out there" but a proper sit-down, with my pals comfortable in the knowledge that the only skiing left for the day is the last easy blue down before re-launching into Après.

So which wine to start with when up a mountain? For refreshment it's hard to beat Rosé. Nothing looks more appropriate than an ice bucket with a magnum of Rosé set against a clear blue sky and a snowy mountain backdrop.

Alpine lunches for me usually involve meat with a rich sauce, so it's difficult to beat a combination of beef or veal, potato, garlic, onion and cream. The acidity in the Rose perfectly cuts through the cream and garlic leaving a lingering red fruit finish.

If you fancy red go local, if you are in Portes du Soleil, France, stick with Savoyard wines which are relatively rare outwith the area. It's a great opportunity to try Mondeuse which has a lovely rich plum colour, great spicy aroma with plenty of flavour to complement such rich food.

After a couple of glasses, slightly but not too relaxed, the relief of knowing the skiing is almost over can really brighten up your day.


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