It’s 70 degrees today! There were times this past winter when I thought I’d never see above 20 degrees again. I went through many bottles of red wine on those cold winter nights, but over the past couple of weeks, I’ve been popping the corks on white wine – some I’ve been sent to review; some are favorites that I return to again and again.
Last night, I opened a bottle of Concha Y Toro Gran Reserva Serie Riberas Chardonnay ($16.99). I was snacking on some 34 Degrees Natural Crispbreads spread with honey goat cheese, and the Chardonnay was a nice choice to accompany them. The Chardonnay was a little fruity and a little nutty, and it had a beautiful, bright yellow color that made me happy. This wine would make a great fish wine for the last couple of Friday nights in Lent.
Concha Y Toro is from a winery in Chile that’s commited to sustainabilty. The winery has water footprint management and estimates they use 25 percent less water to produce a glass wine than the estimated global average. It actively works to reduce its carbon footprint in production, reducing it more and more each year. It also has lightened the weight of its bottles, resulting in an even greater reduction of carbon emissions when the wine is shipped.
I was sent a bottle of the newly released Bonterra Sauvignon Blanc 2013 ($14) – one of my absolute favorite wines. This one didn’t even make it on to the wine rack; it went straight in the refrigerator to be opened the next night. I have been raving about Bonterra’s organic wines from California since I started writing about wine, and this latest vintage of the Sauvignon Blanc didn’t disappoint. The balance of the citrus and grass flavors that Sauvignon Blancs are known for is right on the money.
This wine doesn’t need food to be enjoyed, but it would be nice with a variety of fish, chicken and even ham dishes (although for the Easter ham, my Bonterra pick is their Viogner).
My go-to Pinot Grigio is still Mezzacarona ($8-10). Light and easy drinking, this is the Pinot Grigio that is perfect for a big crowd of wine drinkers because of its price and because the Italian winemaker is commited to green management practices.
I chose these three because they’re some of my favorites, they’re generally available throughout the country, and they come from sustainable wineries. There are, of course, many fine sustainable whites that would be wonderful this spring. What’s your favorite?
Wine, beer and spirits disclaimer: I am not paid by any producer of wine, beer or spirits to write about their product, although the company may provide me with a sample of the product. I am not a professional reviewer of wine, beer or spirits. I'll write about the product if it's something that I like and if I think the producer is working toward making the product in an environmentally friendlier fashion.
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