The 2011 Jules Taylor Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc (about $15 at big box stores) is a frisky, racy white from good old New Zealand, which, for our money, is the world leader these days in this varietal.
This one starts off with a big punch of gooseberry and grapefruit on the nose, exciting the palate deliciously at first whiff. On the tongue, it dishes up a tangy fruit salad of grapefruit, lemon and lime scented with jasmine and green papaya. It softens a bit through mid palate with a judicious touch of ripe melon. The long supple finish is clean but soft, making it a very fine food wine as well as a cool solo sipper or aperitif.
Pair it with a classic buttery lobster roll, a grouper sandwich or a Florida Cobb salad with fresh mango.
By Colette and John Bancroft. She is the Times' book editor, and he is a freelance writer specializing in food, wine and travel. For an index and archive of reviews, go to pictograph.com.