Provenance Sauvignon Blanc Rutherford 2013

Wow, I cannot remember a February with this many summer-like days. We need rain, but Mother Nature wants to give us warm days in February. The warm days make me yearn for crisp, clean white wine. Here are two white wines I tried last week and liked very much.

Provenance Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc

The Provenance Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2013

Provenance Sauvignon Blanc Rutherford 2013- $12.99 Costco

At Costco a week ago, they had an instant rebate of $3 on Provenance Sauvignon Blanc Rutherford, bringing the price to $12.99. The price at the Provenance online wine shop is $23. It’s hard to believe that one can get $10 off the retail price on a wine, and a very good wine at that. This Sauvignon Blanc from the Rutherford AVA in the Napa Valley is clean and bright, balanced with just the right acidity. Some folks like the New Zealand style of Sauvignon Blanc, with lots of gooseberry and grapefruit character and high acidity. This Sauvignon Blanc is a totally different style, one that is more mellow, as well as soft and elegant. The wine is complex, with many flavors to ponder as we sip this wine. I could not find a spec sheet on this wine at the Provenance Website, but I am guessing at least some of the juice was barrel fermented. It has that nice mouthfeel to it. Provenance is a winery owned by Diego Chateau and Estate Wines. I am not sure how long the $3 rebate will last, but I hope it is long enough for me to head to Costco and buy more of this delightful, refreshing white wine. 89 Points.

Refreshing and change of pace Picpoul de Pinet

Refreshing and change-of-pace Picpoul de Pinet

Domaine La Grangette Picpoul de Pinet – Blackwell’s Wines $12

This white wine is a new discovery for me. It is made from 100% of a grape I had not heard of before, Picpoul. I’m guessing that you also have never tried a wine made with this grape. It is a grape widely grown in the Languedoc (France), not far from the city of Montpellier, in the wine appellation of Picpoul de Pinet. I love trying new wines, and this one I liked very much. It is definitely a picnic wine or a shellfish wine. It has a lemony characteristic in the nose and mouth, and a generous amount of acidity. I also get whiffs of honey and floral notes. This is definitely a wine that beckons for food.  Crack open a can of Trader Joe’s anchovies and savor them with a generous glass of this very interesting and tasty Picpoul.  It’s a delightful change of pace. 89 Points.  I purchased this wine at Blackwell’s Wines & Spirits on Geary Street (between 20th and 21st Avenues) in San Francisco.

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Finally, last Saturday’s Wall Street Journal’s Lettie Teague article, “Lettie Teague takes on ten wine truisms,” was excellent and informative. There were a couple of quotes from Gerald Weisl, the owner of Weimax Wines in Burlingame. This is the link to the article, hopefully the WSJ will let you open it and read it without being a subscriber.

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