White Wine of the Week
A Pick From Her VineNess
2012 Geyser Peak Sauvignon Blanc, California, 13 percent alcohol, $10 – $12
Looking for an everyday Sauvignon Blanc that isn’t too grassy or eucalyptus-laden? This might work nicely. Geyser Peak is one of those brands that tries to keep pretty true to its promise of fresh flavors. This wine hails from many places, from Sonoma, Lake and Mendocino counties clear to Clarksburg, giving it a nice spectrum of flavors. Winemaker, Ondine Chattan is careful to keep the personality of the fruit intact. It’s got decent aromas of key lime, honeydew melon, grapefruit and nectarines, and just the right amount of acidity on the palate. Crisp lemon-limeade, key lime pie, green tea, passionfruit and green pineapple. This would be divine with Asian chicken salad in lettuce wraps, spicy spring rolls or satay with peanut dipping sauce.
A great value at $10 to $14. This wine is widely distributed and can be easily found at many retail locations. Or, purchase on the Geyser Peak website.
Laura Ness, aka “Her VineNess,” has called the Santa Cruz Mountains home for more than 30 years. She loves hanging out with winemakers and winegrowers in their vineyards and cellars, drinking in their quirky, inspiring stories, and of course, their wines. She most enjoys sharing her experiences with people as besotted with wine and food as she is, and happily recommends good bottles of wine for your drinking pleasure.