An Inexpensive White that Pleasantly Surprises

An Inexpensive White that Pleasantly Surprises

Try the black cat of Chile

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If you’re feeling a little bit the worse for wear after New Year’s Eve celebrations, those credit cards bills will soon be upon you to dampen spirits further. Is there really an inexpensive wine that can deliver pleasure during these days of austerity? Well, yes, and I’m happy to ring in this surprising white from Chile. You see it everywhere and probably steer clear. But if a fish and poultry white, or a sipper as you toil over the stove is what you need, this could become your new bargain for lean days. (Remember that South American vintages are six months ahead of ours, so 2018 isn’t that young!)
2018 Gato Negro Sauvignon Blanc, Viña San Pedro $5-$6 suggested retail price
Light gold in color. A grassy, lemony nose with elements of pineapple, banana and that tell-tale smell associated with French Sancerre, cat pee. (It’s really not offensive, but cat owners take note.) Flavors deliver tropical fruits, a medium-bodied texture with a generous and lemony finish. Serve nice and cold to mitigate a slightly rough aftertaste. Great for salmon, chicken breast or a fresh Cobb salad. Drink over the next 12 months.
86/100 points
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Arturo Ciompi
Trained as a classical clarinetist and conductor, Arturo plied his trade for many years in New York, performing with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, New York City Opera, the American Symphony and countless chamber music groups. While living in Durham, Arturo became the wine manager at two iconic gourmet stores: Fowler’s in Durham and Southern Season in Chapel Hill. He had a wine spot on NPR in the ’90s and has been a continuously published wine journalist since 1997. He has won national awards for his work and is currently writing for Durham Magazine and its weekly blog, “Wine Wednesdays”. In addition, he loves teaching the clarinet. Read more on his website.