Monday, July 9, 2007

Ste. Chapelle Chenin Blanc 2005 & Shrimp

On July 8, 2007
Ste. Chapelle Soft Chenin Blanc 2005 ("American"/Idaho)
“Soft” usually means semi-sweet in wine terms. Of course, there’s a huge range of sweetness, and even sometimes a completely dry red may be described as “soft” (see our description of Ridge Sullivan yesterday). The Ste. Chapelle has tastes of ripe peach, pear, and orange. It’s frankly sweet (but not sugary), with only the merest hint of acidity, yet it works well as a summer-sipping aperitif wine (which is how we had it tonight). A Yes/House wine (House for when we really want that type of wine). Price about $7.

Shrimp, apricots, onion sauté. Grits with green chili and cheddar cheese.