Muscadet with a Delightful Summer Salad

The advent of spring  and summer bring on a craving for crisp, acidic white wines, and I figure it’s worth branching out to try the wide variety available, rather than sticking to my old favorites – Sauvignon Blanc, dry Riesling, and my beloved Gewurztraminer. Friday, I picked up a salad from 150 West comprised of fresh figs, dried apricots, chopped walnuts, and goat cheese, and paired it with a 2007 Hubert Rousseau Muscadet Sevre et Mains Sur Lie. Muscadet is made from the Melon de Bourgogne grape (talk about a mouthful!) and is located in the Loire Valley. It’s relatively light (which was perfect, since I was drinking it mid-day!), and has a delicious citrus and strawberry aroma. On the palate, it has good acidity, with more citrus, green apple, and a slightly woody finish. It was great with the salad, and I would highly recommend it to anyone craving a great-value ($16.99) warm-weather wine!

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