2009 Régis Minet Pouilly Fumé 'Vieilles Vignes'
This Pouilly Fumé from producer Régis Minet is an outstanding Loire Valley Sauvignon Blanc and an outstanding value. A pale gold in color, the lively white has the concentration of old vines with some sweet fruit lurking behind its minerality. It's a great basic, one that drinks well all year round and never goes out of style.
Bring on the shellfish platter, the shrimp and lobster cocktails, the cherrystone clams on the half shell, the seafood paella, the poached salmon in sorrel sauce.
—S. Irene Virbila
Region: Loire Valley
Price: About $16 to $23
Style: Crisp and minerally
What it goes with: Shellfish, seafood paella, poached salmon
Where to find it: Du Vin Wine & Spirits in West Hollywood, (310) 855-1161, http://www.du-vin.com; Silverlake Wine in Los Angeles, (323) 662-9024, http://www.silverlakewine.com; and Wine Exchange in Orange, (714) 974-1454, http://www.winex.com.