Les Hauts de Bel Air Sauvignon Blanc

This refreshing 100% Sauvignon Blanc is so beautiful — clean, crisp grapefruit and citrus flavors, with a ton of minerality on the finish.  Les Hauts de Bel Air Sauvignon is a bargain for a Bordeaux white — under $20 at Whole Foods Market.


Perfect for a summer evening, paired with sushi, chicken or fish. 

Or just as a sipper. 

For more great value wines, check out Whole Foods Market’s Top 10 Summer Wines, all under $20.


Charles & Charles Rose

This is a bargain rose wine from the Charles & Charles portfolio (a collaboration between Charles Smith and Charles Bieler.). I met Charles Bieler a year or so ago when he visited Whole Foods Market to unveil one of his wines on tap at Bar Lamar.

Charles Bieler and Devon Broglie, MS, Whole Foods Market

The 2012 rose has notes of strawberry and cherry, great minerality and the perfect pairing with my grilled salmon tonight.

It’s also a great sipping wine, too!  Tip from the Texas Wine Gal: keep a bottle chilled in your fridge at all times.


Piquitos Valentino

This delicate, slightly effervescent Moscato from Spain will make your sweetheart smile.  With peach, honeydew and white flowers on the nose, the Piquitos Valentino finishes with tangerine notes.  It’s off-dry, with a kiss of sweetness, perfect for to kick off your Valentine’s Day celebration.

Thanks to Jessica for sharing this pretty number with me tonight while we studied spirits. Available at Whole Foods Market.


Duchman Vermentino

Vermentino is always a white wine that I look for on restaurant menus — something different from Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Grigio. Lucky for me, Duchman Family Winery in Driftwood makes a beautiful Vermentino, which is often on tap at Whole Foods Market wine bars and my go-to pairing with sushi.

The 2011 Vermentino has white peach and flowers on the nose, with grapefruit and lime on the palate.  Love the acid on this wine, too!

Available at Whole Foods Market for under $20 (and a bargain by the glass!!)



White Wines for the Holidays? Yes!

Here is an AP article about white wines to try for the holidays — right up my alley! Of course, I have tried the Whole Foods Market whites, and I particularly love the La Piuma Pecorino from Italy and the Domaine de Bernier Chardonnay from the Loire Valley in France.  

Go out and pick up a white you’ve never had before and let me know what you think!

Tour de Vin Thursday

Thanks to last-minutes tickets from my friends at Whole Foods Market, I hustled over to the W Hotel for one of my favorite events in Austin.  Tour de Vin by the Wine and Food Foundation of Texas.

So many wines…where to start? It didn’t take me long to find some French whites that were so delicious that I kept sneaking back from “just one more taste.”

My faves of the night: the 2009 Drouhin Vaudon Chablis (super crisp, dry with touch of salt on finish) and the 2009 Drouhin St. Veran Chardonnay (unoaked/steel, crisp).

I also really enjoyed the 2009 Chateau Cabannieux Blanc from Graves, made with primarily Semillon grapes.

My favorite red was a Tommasi Amarone served at the cheese and wine pairing session led by Whole Foods Market’s Devon Broglie and Cathy Strange, which I sadly missed.  Devon and Cathy sure know their stuff when it comes to finding terrific wines and amazing cheeses to pair with them.  Luckily, I got to taste the smooth, silky Amarone before the night was over.

This is a great event to learn about and taste new wines!

White wine gal

I am finally doing it — I am starting a blog to share some of the great wines and restaurants that I have discovered here in Texas and beyond.  Since working with the wine industry, I have really enjoyed learning about wines — from the different varieties to the different regions of the world….and of the United States. This blog will definitely take a look at regional wines that allow so many of us to celebrate local foods with local wines.

To get started, a little about me.  I am a white wine gal.  Yes, I know reds are “in,” and they suggest a more sophisticated wine drinker. And, trust me, I love red wines, but they don’t love me.  Every time I have more than two glasses of red wine, I have a headache in the morning. So I’ve decided to enjoy my journey of finding all the great white wines I can find.  (I taste, buy and keep plenty of reds in my wine cooler for my friends.)

Right now, I love white Bordeaux wines, particularly the two offered at Whole Foods Market during its Bordeaux promotion

The Chateau Bonnet (zingy and juicy) and the Chateau Magence (lively and crisp) are wonderful wines and both are priced under $20.  Yes, in the spirit of full disclosure, Whole Foods Market is a client and thanks to them, I get to taste lots of great wine.

And yes, the Texas wine industry is also a client, so I get to enjoy Texas wines and travel to the “other 46” wine states to taste their wines, too.

Here’s to a fun journey of exploring wine — let me know if you ever want to get together (in person or virtually) for a taste!