2009 Domaine Ferrer Ribière "Le F"
Here's an ideal summer white from the Cotes Catalanes, a wine region near Perpignan in the south of France. Crisp and dry, with an extravagant scent of white peaches and flowers, Domaine Ferrer Ribière "F" is made from a blend of 80% Muscat à Petits Grains and 20% Grenache Blanc.
It's the perfect weight to serve as an aperitif with hors d'oeuvres. I like it with olives and toasted almonds, grilled vegetables and fish, and seafood soups or stews. No lightweight, it's a terrific wine for the price.
— S. Irene Virbila
Price: About $14
Style: Crisp and fragrant
What it goes with: Toasted almonds, seafood soup and pasta or risotto, grilled vegetables and fish.
Where to find it: Canyon Gourmet in Topanga Canyon (310) 455 4200, http://www.canyongourmet.com; Colorado Wine Co. in Eagle Rock (323) 478-1985, cowineco.com; Hi-Time Wine Cellars in Costa Mesa (949) 650-8463, http://www.hitimewine.net; K&L Wine Merchants in Hollywood (323) 464-9463, http://www.klwines.com; Silverlake Wine in Los Angeles, (323) 662-9024, http://www.silverlakewine.com; and Venokado in West Hollywood (323) 850-1600, http://www.venokado.com.