Sunday, August 24, 2008

Wine Corner Review #30: Messina Hof Sauvignon Blanc

Floral. Grassy. Herbaceous. If you were to read the tasting notes of your average Marlborough, New Zealand sauvignon blanc, you would find these words repeated over and over. All sauvignon blancs are dry; as a general rule, none more so than those from New Zealand. The flavors are more subtle, the dryness more predominant. Needless to say, such wines are usually meant to accompany food, particularly seafood, rather than being quaffed on their own. Today, we are considering a Texas blanc in the Marlborough style, specifically the Messina Hof Sauvignon Blanc.

The robe of the Messina Hof Sauvignon Blanc is precisely mixed: Three parts the color of Rose's Lime Juice to two parts the color of RealLemon. As previously indicated, the nose reveals definite, if subtle, floral and grass leanings. The taste is clean and woody at once, sort of like eating metallic honeysuckle, with a slight minty citrus finish. Seafood? Of course. The stronger the flavor of the fish, the better it matches. Website is, which also advertises an unoaked chardonnay among the many offerings. (Note to self: Must try it.) Inhale a bottle soon, and remember:



Margie said...

Can we go wine shopping together? I'll neve remember all this!

Food Czar said...

Sure, Margie. Anytime. In fact, that would be a great thing to do one day on a weekend: Meet at, say, Central Market in Plano, shop their wine section a bit, and finish up with lunch at Kelly's Eastside just a few blocks away. You can bring Hubbard and/or I'll bring my wife so it looks respectable!!!