Varietal: Sauvignon Blanc
Region: California – USA
Light color with aromas of citrus that are also found on the palate. Refreshing and crisp, pairs well with seasoned white meat, creamy dishes, cheese, or by itself.
Recommendations: I’d picked up this bottle a while back with an idea of what I would be pairing it with – leftovers from Christmas dinner. My wife took the leftover ham we had and combined it with some scalloped potatoes and cream soups to make a nice, hearty casserole that used up the leftovers and created new ones at the same time.
The crispness of the wine did an excellent job of cutting through some of the salt from the pork and the creaminess of the casserole itself. That, coupled with the flavors of lemon, lime, and grapefruit (which surprised me with its presence), helped make a heavier dish feel less so.
My usual guide to whether or not I like a wine is if I can enjoy it without pairing it with food – a test that Sauvignon Blanc as a whole typically holds up to. This one was no exception. If you’re in the market for a light white wine that you can find in most grocery stores, this is a good one to keep in mind. Definitely worth the $10 – $13 you’ll spend on it.