Two Wines to Tame the Beast

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.