I am on a white wine kick lately…probably because it is 100 degrees outside. I have had some really great ones in the past few weeks, and some even better pairings both at home and on a spectacular trip to the big island of Hawaii. Some are old favorites, some are new finds. Some came from our cellar, some were sent for editorial consideration. Here are a few ideas and pairings to try if you too need some light refreshment!
There is this great grocery store by the condo we stay on the sunny Kohala Coast. They have one of the most surprising (and affordable) wine selections we have seen. This trip we found great selections including 2006 Miner Chardonnay, 2007 Napa Valley Silver Oak (priced at $50), 2007 Penner Ash Pinot Noir, and a fantastic Frank Family 2008 Chardonnay. We had the Frank Family with our dinner one night of spicy poke with scallions and a big fresh salad with a macadamia nut vinaigrette. The Frank Family is definitely a bold white; barrel fermented for 11 months and aged on the lees, creating a creamy, buttery white that still maintains its vibrancy. Citrus and honey aromas with a nutty finish, the wine softened the spice in the tuna and enhanced the incredible macadamia nut vinaigrette. Continue reading "What I’m Drinking Now: Spectacular White"