National White Wine Day is August 4th.
I’ll bet you didn’t know that!
I didn’t know that. In fact, I was utterly unaware that there are (at least) 17 recognized wine celebration days each year. How cool is that?
White wine? I’m really not such a huge fan. But, hey, it’s an excuse to sample some wines I haven’t tried before and share them with ya’ll. So, I went ahead and spent a bit of time marking my calendar with all those wonderful vino holidays yesterday. And it’s my new intention to sample at least one of each on it’s designated day and review it for you on my blog.
For now, this is the best white wine recommendation I can make for you: Woodbridge Chardonnay by Robert Mondavi. It’s pretty much our ‘Go To’ white wine of choice…if we’re going to drink a white. Maybe you can enlighten me. But it’s inexpensive – we get it for a measly $8.95 a bottle at our favorite online wine shop: Wine On Sale. And really, we ONLY drink refrigerated wines in the summertime.
Don’t get me wrong, I’ve tasted some other delicious white wines over the years…usually at winery tasting events…but we very rarely, if ever, purchase white wine. Either at a restaurant or at home.
I don’t think we have EVER ordered white wine at a restaurant.
We are just dry red wine people.
But I _did_ live in Germany for four years as a young adult. So, I drank quite a lot of Riesling back then. But I was really young (early 20s), and my palate hadn’t developed yet.
Germans make it really easy to keep alcohol on hand, though. They have a service over there that we haven’t adopted (yet!) here in the states. The service is called The Beer Man.
Or, at least that’s what we American military families called it/him. A guy would come through our neighborhood every two weeks in a huge Mercedes Benz truck that had heavy fabric sides on it. And inside he had cases and cases of all kinds of bottled beer (bier in German), wine, bottled soda (Fanta is huge over there), juices, and liter bottles of water. And he would let you order whatever you wanted…on “credit.” What that meant was simply buy now, pay later…using an honor system. So, it was very easy to acquire all kinds of bottled beverages delivered right to your door. And because of that, we tried quite a few Rieslings from the area. German’s grow a LOT of grapes. But they are almost exclusively the kind that make white wine. So, when you go out to eat at a restaurant, you’ll almost always find white wine on the menu. Bier and white wine. That’s what they drink most often in Germany.
I have tried some other white wines.
But it’s been a long time now.
I first tried…what could very loosely be called ‘wine’ during my senior year of high school. Yes, I guess I was a wee bit of a rebel, lol! Ok, if memory serves, I think I really only consumed alcohol the last day of my junior year. What we drank then, though, we referred to as ‘weenie wine.’ Brands like Boone’s Farm and Mad Dog 20/20 by Mogen David. I didn’t remember who made that stuff, so looked it up. I discovered Mad Dog 20/20 is what is known as a “Flavored fortified wine.” According to Wikipedia, these beverages “are inexpensive fortified wines that typically have an alcohol content between 13% and 20% alcohol by volume. They are made from various fruits with added sugar, artificial flavor and artificial color.” No wonder high-schoolers drink that s**t…stuff. (Not white wines…I know.)
Honestly, I wasn’t exposed to a quality red wine until years later.
After I met Jeff, in my mid-30s. And we experienced our first really amazing Cabernet at a restaurant together. It was a Woodward Canyon Cabernet and I can’t get THAT at our favorite online shop, lol! If I remember correctly, that bottle cost us about $100. We wanted to experience something truly spectacular, and we were at a restaurant we knew to have an excellent wine cellar. So, we asked the wine steward to choose something for us. And he did not disappoint. That red was a true revelation! I just searched the internet and here is what I THINK is probably the label from that first amazing bottle.
But white wines? Not so much.
I still haven’t tasted a white wine that really WOWed me. Not in the same way a truly great red wine does. Like I said…I’m open. Some of you white wine lovers should write in and make some recommendations. I’d absolutely be willing to try something new. Yes, I’ve tried my fair share of Pinot Grigios and Gewürztraminers and found them tasty enough. I’ve just never had a white wine knock my socks off like a spicy Zinfandel or an amazing Cabernet.
I’ll make a trip to the store and choose a decent-looking bottle to drink in celebration of National White Wine day on Wednesday, August 4th. Then I’ll write a review for you and share my opinion. I’ll try to choose something other than a Chardonnay or other typical white. I can’t promise it will blow me away. In fact…I’m pretty sure I won’t be truly impressed. But I’ll do it, anyhow.
Make some recommendations for me! EMAIL me with your suggestions for a white wine you think will really blow my mind! I’ll try it…especially if it’s reasonably priced, lol!
Until next time…
Drink wine, live well, and prosper.
*PS – If you liked this post, you’ll probably enjoy this one called Uncorked. That Pretty Much Nails It.