Thursday, July 14, 2011

Whip It

I've written before about how interesting wine blends often catch my attention.  This usually turns out to be a great bit game of trial and error because it's hard to predict what a blend of six or more different grapes is going to produce.  I'm very happy to report that this was one of those trials that did not end in error. 

A random pick up on a liquor store stop, The Whip, is a blend of 43% semillion, 21% sauvignon blanc, 21% viognier, 7% muscat canelli, 5% gewurztraminer and 3% orange muscat.  The initial flavors are very similar to a white Bordeaux but mellow out on the palate much quicker to a fruity crispness. Sauvignon blanc is definitely the prominent grape in aroma and flavor leading to strong grassy, citrus notes of grapefruit, lime zest, blood orange and lemongrass. 

We paired the wine with last night's Thai Chicken Lettuce Wraps which worked okay.  The combination of strong flavors in the wraps really overwhelmed the wine and took away a lot of it's pop.  The wine honestly didn't need food to round it out in the first place and would work well as just stand-alone Tuesday night wine.  If I was going to pair it, I would make sure that the dish was light in flavor and complimented the citrusy notes in the wine... maybe a lemon chicken or a fresh summer salad with a grapefruit vinaigrette. 

The Whip is is produced by Murrieta's Well out of Livermore, California.  For retail information, you can visit their website here.

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