july 19, 2011: this 2010 gerard bigonneau quincy had a grassy nose, with some grapefruit to the flavor at the tail end. i loved this wine! it was the best white wine of my july trip to france. 12.5 percent alcohol. we had it with st. pierre, a type of white fish, in a very rich butter sauce with mashed potatoes and green beans, at a very nice restaurant in dinard. i think it was a sauvignon blanc grape but i can't confirm that. it kind of reminded me of a muted new zealand sauvignon blanc. my dad thinks it comes from near sancerre, in the loire valley of france, which would likely make it a sauvignon blanc, too. dinner with my parents and grandmere.
this column runs as "bottle by bottle" in the evansville courier and press twice or so a month. the focus is on wines, food and how they intersect. if i receive gifts, i'll tell you. photo credits are noted. i buy most of my wines from winetree, varsity liquors, schnucks, the fresh market, kwik liquor and winestyles (in evansville, ind.); big red liquors and sahara mart (in bloomington, ind.); vecchio's italian market (in newburgh, ind.); whole foods (in st. louis); and binny's (in chicago.) also, i do try a number of wines that i don't necessarily mention in the column, through travels to france and other markets (germany, hungary, italy, etc.) that don't sell wines i can find here. those experiences factor into my tasting descriptions, even if i don't mention them in the column, so keep all that in mind. i write the column to tell my readers in the evansville, ind., area what i consider to be flavorful, balanced and good-value wines for sale in this area.