Now that weather is finally showing signs of cooling down (the thermometer on the patio dropped below 90 last week) I am looking forward to getting back to the red wines I most enjoy. However, last week I’d fixed some shrimp for dinner and suddenly realized I had no white wine — or even a nice dry rose which would go well with shrimp. (How about trying pink wine with pink food like shrimp and salmon? Pink wine — blush, rose — isn’t necessarily sweet. In fact the trend now is a lot more toward dry rose which can be a bit of a shock if you’re expecting something that tastes like white zinfandel! But I digress …)
I looked through my rapidly dwindling stock of wine and found two whites — both expensive wines from Daou (www.daouvineyards.com) in Paso Robles. WAY too expensive for me to just glug by myself. So instead I had lemonade with my shrimp.
However, the next time I went to the market — not the wine store, mind you, just the market — I remembered to grab some bottles of what has turned out to be my favorite cheap white this summer: Beringer Chenin Blanc. I first picked up this wine when I was in a hurry and needed something to sip on the patio with cheese and stuffed mushrooms. I was pleasantly surprised. Served icy cold, it has a slight floral aroma and on the palate a hint of melon and a light citrus, although not bitey like a Sauvignon Blanc would be. In fact there is just the slightest suggestion of residual sugar.
Anyway, the irony of all this is that I picked up a couple of bottles of Trader Joe’s “Pancake” which is a white blend, and now have a fair amount of white wines to get me through the, ah, fall season. Rats. I would say it will keep, but it won’t — for two reasons, but mainly because wine just does not last in my house. I laugh when somebody tells me “this Bordeaux will age for ten years.” Yeah – not in my house it won’t. It’ll be lucky to live to see next year, let alone ten! Also, really, white wine is not made to age. Sure, the Beringer and the Pancake will still be good if I stash them and get around to them next June, but as a rule, white wine is ready to drink when you walk out of the store.
So now that the temperature is dropping, I have a bunch of white wine. It doesn’t event even sound appealing. However, there will still be a few pleasant evenings to sit outside and perhaps we can uncork some of that before we get into the good stuff … Just sayin’.
And NOW, it’s time for me to put together the outfit I’m going to wear to the “Gala Auction Preview Party” in Beverly Hills Wednesday night. Gotta remember to take a couple of bandages so that those black strappy sandals don’t rub, and charge my cell phone and dig out the black evening purse …
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