Frankly, I have never really enjoyed a glass of white wine. Chardonnay (too oakey – blech) or pinot grigio (after taste) and very rarely a sauvignon blanc (eh) or vin verde (ok). Yes, I cook with white wine all the time but drink it? Never. Our area is big on BYO at restaurants so I often get funny looks when we go to the local fish restaurant and bring light-bodied reds. However, to my surprise, my husband went to the liquor store (aka super booze town) one day when he was cooking steamed mussels with white wine (as an appetizer) and shrimp scampi for dinner. He needed some white wine for cooking and bought some for drinking too. Chris brought it home and suggested I try it. I was reluctant. Stubborn. A first sip. Hmmmm, light, dry but no oak flavor. A bigger sip. Yum.. no weird, bitter after taste. Another sip and I am enjoying this white wine. Was I dreaming? Could this be? Yes! Finally, a white I like! Even better it is a table wine for less than $12 a bottle. We served it to my parents with dinner on another occasion with white clams and penne and they liked it too, even asking us for the name so they could by some locally.
Chris said: “it is Aragosta, an Italian white wine that will be good with fish.”
I said: “oh, you mean the bottle with the cute little lobster* on the front?”
Thank you super booze town….
*Yes, it is a langoustine. P.S. The wine is Cantina Santa Maria La Palma. Aragosta. http://www.santamarialapalma.it/vini.aspx?ver=en