This wine turned out to be a great choice to crack open on a Monday: relaxing and energizing at the same time. And it’s a screw cap, to further simplify life. La Crema Winery has been around for over 40 years, so they know what wine consumers are looking for. Further, the winery is certified sustainable, with many programs in place to improve the quality of the vineyards and the lives of the people who work there.
The wine is crisp and moderately herbal on the nose in a way that I like: green grass and boxwood, kind of a milder version of a classic New Zealand sauv blanc. On the palate, this wine opens into gentle fruit, shot through with zingy lime. It ebbs slowly and satisfyingly on the finish, making me want to keep taking another sip, and another. Not glugs, but savoring sips; it’s a weekday after all. Serve super chilled.
WHO: La Crema Winery
WHAT: 96% sauvignon blanc, 4% semillon
WHERE: Sonoma County, California
HOW MUCH: $18