A single sip of this stunning Sauvignon Blanc from northeastern
immediately gets your attention. The 2009 Venica & Venica "Ronco delle Mele" is one intense mouthful, ripe yet fresh, with an overlay of citrus and flowers and a lingering finish.
At the holiday table, it makes a great alternative to Chardonnay, and it's a wonderful foil for chilled shellfish, lobster or spicy Thai or Szechuan dishes.
— S. Irene Virbila
$28 to $35
Rich and spicy
What it goes with:
Shellfish, lobster, seafood risotto, Asian food
Where to find it:
Hi-Time Wine Cellars in Costa Mesa, (949) 650-8463,
; Wally's Wine & Spirits in
, (310) 475-0606,
; Wine Exchange in Orange, (714) 974-1454,
; and the Wine House in West
, (310) 479-3731,