To have the most fun I suggest you buy, and open all three. Experience three acts instead of just one! Next evening change your drinking sequence â€“ and note that you might have a new favourite. Repeat the exercise till all bottles are empty, and start a new set of adventures. The traditional practice of having just one wine open is a sure route to boredom.
VERDEJO AGAIN â€“ PLEASE!
In a recent post I offered the Spanish grape, Verdejo as an alternative Chardonnay or Sauvignon. It falls somewhere between both, offering something â€˜differentâ€™ without being crazy. This one has the exuberance of Sauvignon and is a five-star refresher/aperitif. Delicious summer fruit flavours too. Fun label too. Highly recommended.
BODEGAS LAN 17 Verdejo, â€˜Duquesa da Valladolidâ€™, Rueda, Spain 391649 Vintages $13.95
SAUVIGNON and ROAST CHICKEN
The Loire region in France produces steely dry Sauvignon, while New Zealand and Chile offer tropical flavours to temper the grapeâ€™s wild side. Bordeaux usually fills out the wine with other grape varieties, but hereâ€™s one flying solo â€“ offering an earthy, tradition white wine experience. Not really a party sipper, but an excellent partner for all the white meats. Use lots of herbs to echo that quality in the wine. Love the â€˜our homeâ€™ story on a back label.
CHATEAU BRIOT 17 White Bordeaux, France 668855 Vintages $14.95
UPSCALE, ELEGANT SOAVE
Back in the last century the region of Soave sold its soul to large-scale production of a very ordinary wine. Worked fine till Pinot Grigio became the ordinary wine of choice. But Soave is reinventing itself with a more upscale wine such as this charmer. Teasing delicate flavours and a linen shirt feeling. Love it. For sure an elegant aperitif, or the perfect guest at a fancy Summer patio luncheon. The French would charge a lot more for wine of this quality.
LATIUM MORINI 17 Soave, Veneto, Italy 631697 Vintages $14.95