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Drinking VA Wines

January 17, 2007
We opened one of the bottles we picked up at Chrysalis Vineyards this weekend. I made Leah from DC Gastronome's salmon and roasted potatoes and with our recent heat wave, we were in the mood for a nice light white.

The wine was a 2005 Sarah's Patio White. It cost $13, doesn't appear to have an alcohol content on the label (I thought that was required by law?) and had a real cork closure. On the nose this wine was very floral with a hint of sweet pear.

This is a blend of vidal blanc, chardonnay and viognier. In the mouth it was sweet with pear and apricots, but with enough structure and acidity to hold it together. It makes a very good sipping wine and was easy to drink and enjoy.

The blend worked well for me, and in some ways reminded me of the flavor of a muscat grape. Overall, it paired okay with dinner, though with the corn, bbq sauce and chicken stock falvoring the salmon I think I would have really liked a nice crisp white with it (perhaps the sauvignon blanc we had at Butterfield 9 the other night) because the flavors seemed creamy to me.

A good value, and we picked up two more bottles, so I'll be drinking those this summer!

2 comments:

  1. Leah said...

    Thanks for trying the recipe - I tweaked the salmon dish a bit after making it this weekend, upped the heat at little and added chopped almonds for texture. Hope you enjoyed it as well as the wine.

    1/18/07, 6:19 AM  

  2. Sonadora said...

    No problem, I'll try pretty much anything, I'm always on the look-out for new recipes. I found I needed to cook it for much longer than you suggested. After 15 minutes, it was still cold! I think when I make it again I will let the corn defrost as that seemed to be the problem. We're having the leftovers tonight!

    1/18/07, 9:37 AM  

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