At the Santa Barbara County Futures Tasting every year, the wines from Ernst Storm stand out for their balance and grace. His Sauvignon Blanc is a great example of the South African native's style of winemaking. It's classic, with a scent of fresh-cut grass and lime. The fruit is clean and ripe, a bit tropical, but crisp and high-toned. In short, a perfect summer wine.
Enjoy a bottle as an aperitif or pair it with a shrimp cocktail or crab Louis. Grilling some sockeye salmon? This is the wine that can hold its own against the rich fish. It's also a fine match for crudités and main course salads.
Region: Santa Ynez Valley, Central California Coast
Price: $20 to $23
Style: Crisp, classic
What it goes with: Shrimp cocktail, crab Louis, grilled salmon, salads