Impromptu drinks on a late Spring evening. I grabbed this Vouvray, wet it down, and popped it in the freezer to chill while I whipped up some h'orderves. Meanwhile, in the livingroom, the boy tried to figure out how to add Green Day and U2 to my Pete Seeger/Johnny Cash Pandora Mix. HAH! Foiled. (although I do like U2 and some Green Day....)
A very helpful saleslady recommended this wine when I was shopping for Summer white wine - she knew what she was talking about.
This is a fresh, fruity, slightly buttery, semi-dry (sweet(ish)) wine. It goes great with cheese and crackers. I could easily see this as a nice chilled picnic wine with a salad. The dominant taste is pear, with a slight effervescence, and it does have a slight burn in the back of my throat, so I'd say drink it slowly. It is a "thick" and semi-sweet wine, but it is not cloying. I wish we had some Brie, I think this would be a great wine with Brie and Apple. Umm Asparagus, not so much. As a matter of fact, it is hard to match asparagus with a white wine. Brooklyn Guy wrote some good stuff about pairing wine with Asparagus. I think he is spot on when he says:
"For me, the classic pairing is Sauvignon Blanc. I'm talking about wines from Sancerre or Touraine, for example."
He's right, and I am going to take his advice in the future, as Asparagus is my favorite vegetable.
My final thoughts: Good wine, well with the money. Impressive (even with a plastic cork!) It wouldn't hurt to keep a bottle or two on hand.
Salmon on crackers with a dill/ no fat sour cream
Deviled eggs with crispy chorizo
Steamed Asparagus with microplaned domestic Parmesan