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rancho zabaco 

casa silva 

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I like reds. But this summer I gravitate towards lighter, fruitier, crispier whites whether it is to stave off hunger or quench the weariness of the day; as a reward to a muscle-tearing work out.  They are ideal to complement a summer meal and to have at hand if one of your friends drops by unannounced.

Whites are normally consumed young and while bursting with flavor or elegantly beguiling with hints of the most delicious things on earth, depending on their degree of acidity they are easy to pair with all types of foods.

Here are some wines I keep in the refrigerator :


2008 J Vineyards Russian River Valley Pinot Gris, Sonoma ($16) bright tropical fruit and delicate notes of pear, apple and honeysuckle. Opulent texture and balanced, crisp acidity make this a delicious wine to pair with a wide variety of foods. 

2008 Rancho Zabaco Russian River Valley Reserve Sauvignon Blanc ($18) Intense aromas of citrus, cut grass with ripe peach and tropical fruit with a touch of minerality. Elegant and crisp with a long finish.

2009 Villa Maria Cellar Selection Marloborough Riesling, New Zealand ($19.99) Delicate lemon and lime citrus with hints or orange blossom and a crisp acidity pairs well with Asian cuisines and seafood.

 2009 Villa Maria Cellar Selection Marloborough Sauvignon Blanc, New Zealand ($19.99) Intense and lively with aromas of citrus, melon and passion fruit . Grilled seafood, Asian dishes and Mediterranean salads.

2009 Casa Silva Sauvignon Blanc Reserva, Colchagua Valley, Chile ($12)    Expressive and elegant on the nose, with lovely aromas of citrus, gooseberry and banana aromas. Round and balanced on the palate, with citric, mineral and melon,  slight grassiness on the finish, this wine is crisp and thirst-quenching, but with some real intensity and is very well-suited for light first courses such as oysters, shrimps or salmon carpaccio. It also complements main courses such as seasoned fish and Mediterranean salad or it can be enjoyed on a warm summer evening, either on its own or with light cheeses.  

2009 Masi Masianco Pinot Grigio/Verduzzo delle Venezie, Italy ($15)  Masianco balances the clean, white fruit and citric acidity of Pinot Grigio with the complex, buttery, tropical fruit notes of Verduzzo. Intense and fragrant floral bouquet with fruity notes of pineapple, pear, banana, peaches and a delicate hazelnut note on the surprisingly long finish from the Verduzzo. Easy to pair with summer dishes.