The chicken salad was D’s version of chicken Caesar salad with avocado as well as chicken. The dressing is a light mayonnaise and a generous sprinkling of Parmesan. This needs a white wine that is fruity and perhaps full rather than acidic. It could even take a little oak.
I had an open bottle of Pinot Blanc, Turckheim, 2007 – £6.50 when bought from the Wine Society. I like this a lot. I will admit to bias in favour ofAlsace whites, but this fruity (melony) and spicy wine with low acidity worked very well indeed. The bottle was open because we had drunk a small glass with an omelette the day before and it worked very well with that too – as few wines do. Pinot Blanc is the classic choice with Quiche Lorraine which is eggy and vegetal so the success of these matches should be no surprise.
The other bottle was Tesco’s Macon Villages (year) made by Vignerons de Grandes Vignes, Prissé at 12.5% and a very attractive £4.99. This is light, clean, focused and at the appley end of the chardonnay spectrum; not full, even rather mineral on the finish. There was not much nose and no detectable oak. I like this and it’s certainly good value, but just a bit too much acidity for the salad. It would be better with fish.