Friday, August 14, 2009

Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc 2008, Marlborough, New Zealand - $13

I'm really a red wine enthusiast, but I'm trying to learn to like whites. I've tried whites before, and when they're paired with the right food they can be fantastic, but someone else always has to choose the food and white wine for me simply because I don't know ANYTHING about whites. Therefore I find it ironic that my first wine tasting journal entry is about white wine.

That being said, I sent D out to get us some white wine for dinner tonight - Em suggested a Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio (and to stay away from the over-oaked California Chardonnays that are apparently very popular). I was making garlic shrimp and broccoli with jasmine rice, and I thought that it would be nice to add a little white to the sauce, and to then have the same wine accompany the dish.

I began cooking while D was still at the store, so when he arrived home, dinner was pretty much done, and we didn't have time to properly chill the wine before we ate. I popped 2 glasses of it into the freezer for about 5 minutes, and that's what we drank with dinner. The rest of the bottle I put into the refrigerator so that I can taste it fully chilled tomorrow.

I first noticed that the wine is very light in color - almost clear with just a hint of sunshine. It also has very tiny little bubbles in it that cling to the bottom of the glass. The bubbles don't seem to make it as bubbly-feeling as champagne or sparkling wine, but it's definitely more effervescent than the still, red wines that I am used to drinking - it tickled my tongue and my nose just a tad.

I swirled it in the glass, but as the glass is smaller than my glass for red wine, I'm not sure what good it did - there was not much whirl to the swirl!

Then, and Gary V. of Wine Library TV would be very proud of me here, I actually took a sniffy-sniff. Interesting - at first I couldn't put my finger on it except to say that it's fruity, but then I realized it was like a lychee (and I LOVE lychees!). Now I've had plenty of dessert wines and ice wines that taste just like liquified lychees, and I absolutely adore them, but this wine, when I finally took a taste, wasn't nearly as sweet. In fact, it was fruity without being very sweet, ending with a tart zing on the sides and back of my tongue.

I have to say that this wine is quite pleasant! I like it more than I expected I would - perhaps my new acceptance of that-which-is-not-red-wine is a good thing.

Just for the record - appetizer was a curry tofu egg roll, and you already know what dinner was. Both were really fantastic with this wine!

Update - Sunday August 16, 2009
We opened this bottle on Friday (see above), but didn't have a chance to properly chill it prior to drinking it. I vacuum-sealed the rest of the bottle and put it in the fridge so that we could enjoy the rest of it over the weekend. Tonight we went to MS and SD's for dinner, and SD ended up drinking the rest of this bottle because he prefers white wine. I didn't taste it tonight, but as I poured it for him I noticed that the bubbles that had clung to my glass on Friday night were no longer there. He did say that he really liked the wine.

For dinner we had Mexican casserole (chicken, black beans, corn, corn tortillas, and cheese) and spinach salad (with bacon, feta cheese, candied pecans, and balsamic vinaigrette).

BTW - this wine was rated 91 points by Wine Spectator and 90 points by Wine Enthusiast, and it was named #40 in Wine Spectator's Top 100 Wines of 2008.

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