What Food Goes Well With Savingnon Blanc?
The short answer, everything (when you have a good one).
I’m no Sommelier, but I know when I find a wine I like.
I was invited to taste test the brand-spanking-new Chosen Rows Marlborough Savingnon Blanc from Brancott Estates Tuesday night at L.A.’s most exclusive restaurant, or as they say “member’s only club,” Soho House. Now I know how the other half lives…
Apparently, the group of us chosen for this elegant event would be the first outside of the company to actually try the New Zealand vineyard’s new varietal.
When my friend Claudia and I arrived at the VIP hotspot’s underground parking, we just barely avoided plowing down Charlize Theron, who was dressed in all black with little makeup. The stars at Soho like to keep it cash (or so I assume, from my two or so visits to the establishment).
While waiting in line to be escorted to our private room, Matthew Lillard strolled up behind us. “Eek,” I mouthed to Claudia. I’m not star-struck when I see celebs on the red-carpet or at a movie junket, but when I witness them in their “natural habitat,” I get a little geeky.
Why all the anecdotes about A-listers and pseudo celebs? I’m setting the stage so you can see the exclusivity of this dinner, and in turn understand just how special this new wine is.
When we sat down to the dinner, we were invited to try 5 different Savingnon Blanc’s from New Zealand and France, Chosen Rows being one of them. Now, as I said above, I’m not a wine expert. But I can tell you with no reservations that Brancott’s new wine was the star of the evening. It was crisp, fruity, and aromatic.
As we dined on Shrimp Ceviche, Meatballs, Burrata, Baked Branzino, Mary’s Organic Chicken, and Asparagus Risotto, it was clear that Savingnon Blanc really tastes great with most dishes.
To be specific though, our host for the evening gave us this tip:
“If it swims in the ocean, clings to a rock, or sticks it’s head in the sand, it goes well with Savingnon Blanc.”
Basically everything I love: shrimp, scallops, salmon, and ostrich.
Now you may be asking yourself, what does any of this have to do with healthy living?
Well guess what, red wine isn’t the only adult beverage with health benefits.
According to FitDay, “high quality white wines from certain winemakers may offer more health benefits than some red wines.”
Several studies have shown that white wine has many of the same health benefits as red, and one study even claims it has more antioxidants, which come from flavenoids found in both types of wine.
Whatever color you choose to drink, as always, moderation (as in 1 glass a day) is key.
If you want more info on Brancott Estate’s Chosen Rows, head over to their website.
OR take a trip to New Zealand… as Claudia enthusiastically suggested after dinner.
And be sure check out some of my recipes that go great with a light, fruity glass of Savingnon Blanc…