My wife and I have been on a mission this year to eat better. I don't mean the usual New Year's resolution of eating healthier, we just want to eat better food. That means that we have stepped up the efforts to make out own food. The year is young, but so far we have been doing pretty well. Tonight our home cooked meal is a good ol' Southern favorite, Chicken and Dumplin's (you have to say it "dumplin's" to be regionally correct.) I have decided to pair a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc with the meal, thinking that the acidity will play nicely with the dish.
The wine for the evening is a 2008 Eradus Awatere Valley Sauvignon Blanc from Marlborough. New Zealand has been producing some of the world's best Sauv Blanc for a while now. I have found that the crisp acidity that is the trademark of these wines really pairs well with a lot of different kinds of food. New Zealand Sauvignon Blancs also make for great wines to drink by themselves. They are the perfect wine for sitting on the porch on a hot summer day. New Zealand is one of the main locations to look for, but there are also great examples to be found from France. French Sauv Blanc will be found under a couple of names, so keep your eyes open for French Pouilly Fumé and Sancerre wines.
One of the great things about these wines, is that there are fantastic values to be found. I picked up this bottle for a paltry $14, and there are a lot of great Sauv Blancs that can be had for even less. The alcohol on this wine rings in at 13%. Also, for those who like to know such things, this wine has a screw top, so no TCA worries.
First thing I get on the nose is the smell of freshly mown grass. Smells like summer, which is nice with the ridiculously cold weather we have been having. I'm also getting the typical citrus aromas of grapefruit, as well as a little tropical fruit, and just a touch of apple and bell pepper. The palate has just the right amount of acidity, with flavors of grapefruit, more tropical fruits, and just a touch of peach on the finish. The finish on this wine is really nice, lingering for a while in your mouth after you swallow. This is actually a fairly full bodied wine, with lots of great aromas and flavors.
I really like this wine. Sauvignon Blanc is one of my favorite wines right now, especially among whites. I think that it is a very versatile food wine, and can be had for a great price. I think that this one is priced about right if you can find it for around $14. The value is just so good in this category, that I think you should always be able to find a great option in this price point. I would definitely give this wine a try if you get the chance.