White wine selection
If you had to choose 2 white wine bottles (to be served at a cocktail party with various hot/cold hors doeuvres) which 2 would you chose and why?
ChardonnayPrivate Selection Robert Mondavi, California
Maison Nicolas, Réserve, Vin de pays d'Oc, France
Mâcon Villages les Florières Cave de Lugny, France
Koonunga Hill Penfolds, South Australia
Bin 65 Lindemans, South Eastern Australia
RH Phillips, California
Sauvignon BlancMaison Nicolas, Réserve, Vin de Pays d'Oc, France
Kim Crawford Marlborough, New Zealand
Monkey Bay Marlborough, New Zealand
New Harbor Marlborough, New Zealand
Other vines* Pinot grigio Santa Margherita Valdadige, Italia
Pinot Grigio de Tomassi, Lamberti, Le Rosse Delle Venezie, Italia
Penedes Vina Sol Torres Catalunya, Espana
Gewurztraminer Hogue Cellars Columbia Valley, Washington, USA
This is a bit easier than the red list--Bid 65 Lindemans is easy to like, good chard flavors for its price point, usually refreshing. Kim Crawford has good varietal quality, too though sometimes a bit austere. Goes well with goat cheese...I know some people will disagree but I always like Vina Sol when it's really warm: if it's one year past vintage (2010) it will have a freshness that encourages lots of sipping. Gets stale quickly though so vintage is important,
I would opt for the Mâcon Villages les Florières Cave de Lugny, France, and the Sauvignon BlancMaison Nicolas, Réserve, Vin de Pays d'Oc, France. While NZ SB's are great sippers, I find them to be less food friendly.
I'd go with the Mâcon Villages les Florières Cave de Lugny, France and the Penedes Vina Sol Torres Catalunya, Espana
both will go well with food, as well as being gret sippers on their own.