Monday, May 18, 2009

A Genuine Bargain in Sauvignon Blanc

It's Sauvignon Blanc weather here in southern California--the kind of weather that invites cool, crisp wines and firing up the barbecue.

I like really fresh Sauvignon Blancs--including the grassy, tangy bottles from New Zealand. Sometimes, though, these can be a bit assertive and hard to handle.

If you like your Sauvignon Blancs fresh but can do without that piercing quality that can be too intense to go with your food, look for an excellent QPR bottle of the 2008 Two Oceans Sauvignon Blanc from South Africa's Western Cape region. It retails in most places for under $10, and has a screwcap closure so it's perfect for picnics and dining al fresco. With its aromas of gooseberry and straw and flavors of tart gooseberries and lime zest, it's a fabulously unfussy way to enjoy the grape. While its reminiscent of New Zealand Sauvignon Blancs, you'll find it far less grassy and a tad easier to pair with food.

What to have it with? How about a simple omelette with some goat cheese and asparagus inside? It will go beautifully with it, and you'll be in and out of the kitchen before you break a sweat.

Full Disclosure: I received this wine as a sample.


Sonadora said...

I've been loving the Sauvignon Blancs from South Africa. I tend to go straight for them at restaurants as they generally represent great values and can be found for $20 or less even on a restaurant wine list!

Wine Road Less Traveled said...

I find some of the intense grassiness of certain Sauvignon Blancs very off putting. I cannot sip them on their own and really can only drink them with the right food - which, as you mention, can be hard to do.

I do, however, like Sauvignon Blanc where its vegetal side is more subdued. I will have to give this one a try.