Two Wines to Tame the Beast

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My last article dealt with how to pair wine with one of the bad boys of the culinary world, asparagus. Here are two wines that I really like, and that go wonderfully with it.

Both the 2006 Blanco Nieva Sauvignon Blanc and the 2006 Margerum Pinot Gris are wines that I got from Ferry Plaza Wine Merchant’s wine club, and both are wines that I have re-ordered many times.

The Blanco Nieva Sauvignon Blanc is a delicious example of this varietal that delivers the traditional tastes of a Sauvignon Blanc despite being grown in a non-traditional area for the grape. This wine comes from a region in Spain that is known predominately for growing Verdejo, but is made from 100% Sauvignon Blanc grapes transplanted from France. It is crisp and citrusy with notes of grapefruit, passion fruit, papaya and a wet stone minerality that goes very well with the usual herbaceous, grassy characteristics.

The Margerum Pinot Gris is from the Central Coast of California and is a huge, fruity example of this versatile grape. Lemon zest, peaches, apricots and pears are all present but take a back seat to a juicy green apple taste. This is a great warm weather wine.