Pintar 2016 Sauvignon Blanc (Marlborough, New Zealand)
5 ounces poured into: Wine Country stemmed wine glass
Sight: Pale yellow-green with a silver glow
Aroma: Tropical fruit salad of passionfruit, gooseberry, lime. A hint of lemon grass.
Taste: Stonefruit, white peach, nectarine and honeydew melon. Tropical sweetness and tartness.
Feel: Medium-light, fresh, a bit zesty. Crisp. Clean. Slightly chalky on the finish.
Overall: Enjoyable and young, green with a pleasant tartness.
Suggested food pairing: Old Bay seasoned cocktail shrimp, Havarti cheese, lime and chile dusted cashews, green curry, pad thai with shrimp
Le Jardin d’Eolie 2015 Sauvignon Blanc (Vin de France)
5 ounces poured into: stemless aerator glass
Sight: Pale straw, crystal clear
Aroma: Lime and orange citrus, a hint of melon. Secondary aromas include grass and ginger.
Taste: Lime, subtle tartness and acidity. Green notes of grass, sage and melon. A slightly earthy brine that would lend this wine to be a great pairing with fresh, raw oysters.
Feel: Light, crisp, a touch pointy. Dry and refreshing
Overall: Easy-drinking, perfect for hot weather. Flavorful and delicate.
Suggested food pairing: Ceviche, salad, white flaky fish, sharp cheddar, goat cheese, and of course, oysters.
On the docket: Wimmer Grüner Veltliner 2015 1L bottle
Poured into: Wine & Whiskey Country glass
S: Pale straw and crystal clear
A: Lime, honey dew melon, green pear, white pepper. Bright and citrusy with a nice spice contrast.
T: White peach and white pepper. Green herbs, lime, more honey dew melon. A slight vegetal bitterness.
F: Great acidity, and zippy almost to the point you’d think it was sparkling. Warming alcohol. Medium-light body, refreshing. Ends dry.
O: Excellent wine for hot summer days for when you tire of Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio.
Suggested food pairing: light vegetable dishes, Vietnamese spring rolls, fried chicken, schnitzel (classic)