2008 Chien Edelzwicker
I once did a story on
e in Alsace and spent several happy days feasting on the thin-crusted tart topped with crème fraîche, onions and lardons and washed down with Edelzwicker, a typical white wine made from a blend of local grapes.
I recently discovered that a Lompoc winery is making its own version of Edelzwicker, and it's every bit as bright and bracing as the ones from Alsace. Don and Lindsay Schroeder's 2008 Edelzwicker is a blend of Pinot Blanc and Riesling with a small proportion of Gewürztraminer. Fruity and nicely balanced, it has a welcome thread of acidity and medium body, making it weightier than the original.
It's a great quaffing wine. Drink it with
, pizza with mushrooms and Fontina, peel 'n' eat shrimp, steamed mussels and clams. It's also terrific with Thai food.
--S. Irene Virbila
Price: About $24
Style: Dry and fruity
What it goes with:
, mushroom pizza, shellfish, Thai food
Where to find it: Wally's Wine & Spirits in
, (310) 475-0606,
Mission Wines in
, (626) 403-9463,
. Also available directly from the winery at (805) 294-7501;