Many wine drinkers I know are biased against white wine, which I honestly don't understand. Sure, a lot of California chardonnays are clumsy and obvious, and white zinfandel is sweet and insipid, but that doesn't mean all white wine is useless-particularly living in San Diego, with our abundance of seafood, Mexican food and generally lighter fare.
My favorite whites fall squarely into two camps. For certain types of foods-sausages, for example-I adore German Riesling and other off-dry whites. For other types-the Mexican and seafood dishes-I like light, acidic and vibrant whites.
This week's selection is the latter variety, from Italy.
Region: Piemonte, Italy
Price: $5.99 from San Diego Wine Company
Pale golden straw in color, with a nose full of melon and tropical fruit, this wine has a nice acidity coupled with a round mouthfeel and fruitiness. I'd serve it with fish tacos, Italian cold cuts, fried fish and other summery fare. It'd be worth picking up a few bottles in advance of spring and summer, when it'll bring welcome refreshment to your beach party or barbecue.