Yes, Partridge Foot. Or Pied de Perdrix to be exact. Here’s my take on this intriguing wine from my upcoming Thanksgiving recommendations in The Washington Post:
Lionel Osmin Pied de Perdrix 2009
M Touton Selection: Available in the District at Cleveland Park Wine and Spirits, Magruder’s, Paul’s of Chevy Chase, Rodman’s, Sheffield Wine & Liquor Shoppe, and Watergate Wine & Beverage. Available in Maryland at Belby’s Beer & Wine in Rockville; Bo Brooks Lighthouse Point Liquors and Broadway Liquors in Baltimore; Capital Beer & Wine and Beer, Wine & Co. in Bethesda; Clarksville Village Liquors; Finewine.com in Gaithersburg; Franklin’s Restaurant, Brewery and General Store in Hyattsville; Midway Liquors in Joppa; Old Farm Liquors in Frederick; Preserve Wine & Spirits in Arundel Mills; Quench! Beer-Wine-Deli in Colesville; Silesia Liquors in Fort Washington; Vineyards Elite in Pikesville; Wine Harvest in Gaithersburg and Potomac; and on the list at Annie’s Bistro in Bethesda. Available in Virginia at Cork & Fork in Gainesville; Opera House Wine & Gourmet in Manassas; and the Vineyard in McLean.
2 Stars GREAT VALUE
Comte Tolosan, France, $ 11
“Pied de Perdrix,” or partridge foot, is an obscure grape variety from southwestern France. I can confidently say this is the best partridge foot I’ve ever tasted, because I’m pretty sure it’s the only one I’ve ever tasted. It reminds me of a good cru Beaujolais, with cherry and woodsmoke, but with a little more earth and mushroomy goodness to it. The name suggests turkey, but don’t save this for Thanksgiving. Buy it by the case, make it your house red for awhile, and surprise your friends.