Bordeaux, France


I was introduced to this remarkable value wine from Bordeaux years ago by a friend who works for the importer. She and her boss comb through Bordeaux, Beaujolais, and Champagne to find tiny, family wineries crafting great wines at attractive prices. This bottle is from the Graves sub-region of Bordeaux, the gravel soil washed down from the Pyrenees Mountains gives the region its name, Graves.  A Graves Blanc wine is made up of Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon and Muscadelle grapes. The Sauvignon Blanc imparts grapefruit and lemon flavors. Semillon gives the wine more weight, think two percent milk instead of skim. I love to pair this wine with fish tacos, and it also lends itself to dishes with avocado, basil or citrus.