A Crush on 3 White Wines

I've got a secret: I love white wine. The good stuff, of course. Not Yellow Tail or anything with a critter on the label, for that matter. But for sipping after work, chilling on the deck, pairing with sushi, or gabbing with friends, I'm stuck on the best Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand, Torrontes from Argentina, dry Riesling from the Finger Lakes, or Moscat from Alsace. I'll pass on most Chardonnay...more partial to mineral bite and citrus zing. 

Now for a supposed wine connoisseur, coming out as a white wine lover is tantamount to whispering you drink white Zin in private.  I don't. Never have.  And I am partial to real Zinfandel, as well as Malbec, Shiraz, and Carmenere.  But the default is white.

So here are three white wines for spring I recommend with great affection. Don't hide 'em under a bushel...drink them loud and proud.

  • 2011 Trimbach Muscat d'Alsace Reserve — Bone dry, food friendly, mineral notes; a bit of citrus. Enjoyed my first taste at The Butcher Shop in Boston, accompanied by a hearty, salty charcuterie platter. Sommelier to the stars Cat Silirie strikes again..a great complement to the Butcher Shop's bar treats.  $18/bottle.
  • Thomas Hyland Riesling Adelaide 2011 — A lower-priced Penfold's brand, this Aussie Riesling is a charmer. Grapefruit, tar (but in a good way) flavors, with a tiny bit of fizz at the finish. $12/bottle.
  • Hermanos Torrontes Valle de Cafayate Argentina 2011 — Torrontes is my new go-to wine for spring, summer, oh heck, all seasons. Juicy citrus flavors and bright finish. Just noticed that Robert Parker rated it a 90, which means almost nothing in my book. But don't let that stop you from trying out the Hermanos. $14/bottle.


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