Tasting Note: Vouvray for the Dog Days
In honor of the season, as I prepare to take a couple of days off for late-summer frivolity (see below), here's my report on a Vouvray, a Chenin Blanc from the Loire Valley of France. Although it's complex enough to invite contemplation (I'll refrain from calling it a "Sirius" wine), its tart, zingy fruitiness makes it a fair candidate as a "summer sipper," a wine to put a light chill on a sultry afternoon.
Chateau Gaudrelle 1999 Val de Loire Vouvray ($9.99)
FOOD MATCH: Very good with a meatless summer meal of eggplant fritters on a cool Greek-style "tzatziki" sauce of yogurt and cucumbers.
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Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2001