This is a party wine. A new release from Franciscan, I might not have tried it if I knew before taking a taste that it was a blend of sauvignon blanc, chardonnay and muscat. The three varietals work well here together though — another reminder for me not to make pre-sipping judgments.
There is more than 70 perfect sauvignon blanc, making this a crisp wine. The chardonnay adds a nice richness to the mouthfeel and the muscat does what it does best: adds exotic fruit and floral aromas and flavors. There is something for every white wine lover here.
Serve this wine and some spring rolls and you will start any party off on the right foot.
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— Catherine Seda is the Star’s tasting panel writer.