Pear. The 2006 Sauvignon Blanc from Napa Wine Co. brings the pear (and the grassiness that is expected in a Sauvignon Blanc). This fruity wine was the only bottle of white I bought last month when I chose 6 bottles of organic or sustainably farmed wines to try. Why only one white? I’m a seasonal drinker. I tend to drink reds in the fall & winter and whites in the spring & summer. The weather’s been warming up a bit so I threw a bottle of white into the mix.
After months of drinking reds, this fruity white took a little getting used to. Its sweetness was a shock to my palate, but I soon got accustomed to the fruitiness of the wine. I took it across the street to share with my friend Donna (who enjoyed it), but before I left I grabbed a handful of almonds. A great pairing. The nuts complemented it very well. I suddenly realized that this would be a great wine for a light summer snack of nuts, fruit, and some cheese (blue cheese would be great) and crackers. I probably wouldn’t pair this wine with a full meal, but a light snacky-type meal on the back deck in summer would do just fine.
At $17.99, it was the most expensive bottle of the six that I bought. It’s made from organically grown grapes, but it does contain added sulfites so it isn’t USDA certified organic. The Napa Wine Co. is one of the largest organic grape growers in Napa Valley, and they make a large variety of wines.