Honestly folks, I've lived my entire life in San Diego and until recently, San Diego hardly figured in anyone’s mind as a culinary destination. However in the last 10 years, San Diego chefs (natives and newcomers alike) have redefined the local dining landscape. That said, these folks have drawn on several local strengths. First and foremost, San Diego’s local [Seafood] bounty has few equals: the freshest seafood, four-season produce from some of the country’s most renowned organic farms, and local specialty purveyors of cheese and chocolate. But Seafood and what to pair with it wine-wise is the focus of this review.
It's what I would call the underdog of the wine world, not often picked for the first or even second string when a restaurant wine list is being compiled or being shopped for by consumers. While San Diego is blessed with an abundance of fresh fish and shellfish, yet one of the world's great Seafood wines is about as well-known here as snow storm in July.
Why is that is that you may ask, because none other than Muscadet, a white wine from France's Loire region that's as crisp as a freshly built Cub-Cadet mower [just screams Spring is here] and as fine a complement to all manner of good things from the sea as the water they once swam in. It's produced from the humble Melon de Bourgogne grape, Muscadet's appeal is not in its great complexity but its refreshing, straightforward lemon-lime and grapefruit flavors and bracing minerality.
First Swirl: After pouring this wine into my glass and tilting my glass "sideways" I found it to have a pale green [think honey dew melon] colored core and followed by a watery rim.
First Sniff: Sticking my fat half Irish nose into the glass I find offers a mix of lime, thyme, and lemon verbena notes.
First Sip: After giving this wine a good swirl in the glass I found this wine to be a delightfully refreshing and dominated by citrus, salt, chalk, and green apple. While one can’t call it complex, its combination of textural polish, mouth-watering purity, and invigoration. Nicely textured from beginning to end with nice weight and a fantastically long, juicy finish.
Show me the money: Part of this wines appeal can be found in its price, while many Muscadets may display the crispness of a brand-spanking-new greenback, it costs remarkably few of them, almost always less than $15 and coming in at all of $12.99 is the 2007 Dorices Muscadet Sevre-Maine Choisie.
Where to purchase: This wine can be purchased through your local San Diego BevMo, just click on the link to find a store near you that has this wine in stock and as of todays writing this there are still a few left in stock.
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