Bottoms Up

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Salad wine time!

By Jessica Yadegaran
Tuesday, April 10th, 2007 at 1:34 pm in Uncategorized.

I’ve been living on salads lately. It’s Passover, after all, so the ubiquitous sandwich lunch or light dinner has been replaced with mixed greens, Persian cucumbers (or lemon cucumbers, if you can find them at farmer’s markets), hearts of palm, feta and other goodies doused in my lemon and honey vinaigrette.

Some people feel that if they’re having a salad, it’s not “heavy” enough or substantial enough to merit a glass of wine. I beg — plead — to differ. It’s a perfect opportunity for a crisp white, from Gruner Vetliner to Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio. Heck, if you’ve got some butter-sauteed shrimp tossed into those greens, might as well bust out for your favorite Chardonnay.

Here’s my current salad wine obsession:

– 2005 Sauvignon Republic Cellars Russian River Valley. Citrus and tropical fruits with a lot of lemon-lime peel on the surprisingly long finish. A classic pale straw color. Get your hands on any of their expressions, from Stellenbosch to Marlborough (all $18 each).

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