In recent years I've become a fan of sauvignon blanc wines. They have such a crisp, dry, fruity nose and astringent taste (see, I just used the word "nose" when I meant the wine's aroma - the winemakers' vernacular was bound to start rubbing off on me).
And since I recently received some samples to try, I suggest you try one of these wines for under $15:
- La Petite Perriere Sauvignon Blanc 2013 - fresh-tasting, simple, easy to drink from a long-time Loire Valley winery
- Los Vascos Sauvignon Blanc 2013 - produced from French vines grown here since the 18th century
- Dashwood Sauvignon Blanc 2013 - sustainably grown, bright, fresh fruity flavor from the Marlborough region of New Zealand
And here are four suggestions for Sauvignon Blancs under $20. And in this category do not forget one of my favorites - Goldwater sauvignon blanc. Loved their 2011 vintage; no reason to think their 2013 isn't just as delicious.
And here's one for about $25. Domaine de la Perriere Sancerre 2013 - 3 months "aged on the lees" and 3 months in the bottle from that long-time Loire Valley winery. Drink this with goat cheese, fish or seafood - or all of them.
So go out and have a glass of fruity, astringent, satisfying Sauvignon Blanc to celebrate today. In case you need to run down to your local wine merchant, here are a few locations in Chicago where you can likely procure a good choice:
1433 W BELMONT AVE CHICAGO 60657
Wine Discount Center (170003486)
1826 N ELSTON AVE CHICAGO 60642
Treasure Island (170002213)
75 W ELM ST CHICAGO 60610
Warehouse Liquors (170076038)
634 S WABASH ST CHICAGO 60605