With all the French wines I've been exposed to recently I think that I should be sitting in a little café on the Champs-Elysées, reading my newspaper (in French of course) and sipping a glass of wine. Oh, and from my post from my "Wine Tasting Tell All" in June. wearing my brand new blue beret.
Then I wake up from my dream and realize that I'm still at home, reading news on my tablet and thinking about that bald spot on the top of my head (being so tall, something most people don't get to see).
The one thing I do have is the wine. This week's "Wine of the Week" comes from one of my many favorite regions, Alsace, France. Also appropriate is the fact that it is a great wine for the Summer. I'm talking about the
Emile Beyer Pinot Blanc Tradition 2016
While not generally known, Pinot Blanc is a sibling of the Pinot Noir grape. Also akin to another grape used extensively in Alsace is Auxerrois or Auxerrois Blanc. Generally blended with Pinot Blanc to arrive at a crisp medium bodied white wine with nice fruit notes. Some wines can be made using oak barrels, but most of the wines are made for immediate consumption and go so well with lighter foods as well as seafood and shellfish.
That was just what I had in mind for this particular evening as I had picked up some fresh halibut from the store along with some pre-made mango salsa (It's pretty good and I don't have to make the stuff myself). Rice and a green veggie to complete the meal and this should be just the right wine for the equation.
And so it was!
Wine Spectators 89 Point review and "Smart Buy" designation described it as "A zippy Pinot Blanc, with lively acidity framing notes of fresh-chopped red apple and slivered almond, backed by a stony undertow. Offers a lingering, lightly spiced finish." I might use more of a pear fruit note, but we're splitting hairs. It was a wonderful wine to not only complete the meal but with enough left over to relax on my veranda sitting and sipping as the sun drew to a close for the day. Doesn't that sound wonderful?
Actually, I have a small deck or patio with a, what I would consider comfortable, lawn chair. It faces North, so while I may notice the day becoming darker, I didn't see the sunset. Not to worry, why would you, I had an auspicious (word of the day) day.
Selling a little under $20 a bottle, this is a wine that can be used in so many ways and would delight most palates out there. It should be relatively available, although the 2017 vintage may be out there as well or very soon. Wouldn't hesitate to pick up either one. Click here for tech sheet.