Cost: Average price $11.99
Where buy now: Solo Vino, Byerly’s Ridgedale, Zipp’s Liquors, Pairings Food & Wine Market
Grapes: 70% Colombard, 20% Sauvignon Blanc, 10% Gros Manseng
Region: Gascony, France
One Arton deserves another [see the Red of the Week Review]. This week’s white is Arton Rosé’s cousin, Les Hauts d’Arton. Don’t get tripped up on the French language. Just channel your inner Steve Martin (“jeh swee, day du du pah”- see his classic “Wild and Crazy Guy” record for more guidance).
This is a dry white wine that tickled my fancy parts right prompt. This light yellow vino has a tinge of green to it’s hue. It is light, clean, crisp with balanced acidity. The tastes are of citrus-think soft lemon and grapefruit. It’s not so citric that your mouth puckers, but rather it has a fresh and floral taste that rounds out beautifully, can be sipped alone or alongside your favorite appetizer. Man, I just love when I open a bottle of wine and sweet aromas come pouring out; I am instantly transported elsewhere. Yet another reason why I so fell in love with this wine.
On a recent day off, I sipped it alongside a baguette stuffed with prosciutto, mozzarella and sweet tomato marmalade. Voulez-vous coucher avec moi ce soir? My moaning and groaning aside, I will state for the record that you must rush out to try this wine. I saved enough to have later alongside a salad where I threw in tuna fish, olives, capers, tomatoes, vidalia onion along with oregano, basil, garlic, balsamic vinegar and olive oil. A gluten-free, meat-free, dairy-free, delicious meal that could please 95% of the population.
This is patio wine at it’s best. Hell, it’s under $9 during Solo Vino’s wine sale right now. As you stock up on white wines for Summer, I see this as a staple. I enjoyed it on my patio, now go and enjoy it on yours!