Sauvignon Blanc from the Loire Valley has a special character — minerally, lean, focused. At Domaine de la Charmoise in the Touraine, grapes from 40-year-old vines go into the signature Sauvignon Blanc "M. de Marionnet." I love the notes of citrus and chalk coupled with a tart acidity and lingering finish.
A perfect warm weather wine, it's great with chilled shellfish, Dungeness crab, steamed mussels and grilled fish. Keep an eye out for proprietor Henry Marionnet's Vinifera wines too, made from grapes from ungrafted vines.
Region: Loire Valley, France
Price: Less than $25
Style: Crisp and lean
What it goes with: Shellfish, crab, mussels, grilled fish
Where to find it: Hi-Time Wine Cellars in Costa Mesa, (949) 650-8463, http://www.hitimewine.net; Wine Exchange in Orange, (714) 974-1454, http://www.winex.com; the Wine House in West Los Angeles, (310) 479-3731, http://www.winehouse.com; and Woodland Hills Wine Co. in Woodland Hills, (818) 222-1111, http://www.whwc.com.