Despite the weird recurrences of winterish (for Florida) weather we've had lately, we know the hot weather is coming. Time to stock the wine racks with that summer staple, sauvignon blanc.
One delicious and versatile candidate is Murphy Goode 2016 North Coast Sauvignon Blanc, widely available at about $13 per bottle.
Made by Murphy Goode, founded in Sonoma County in 1985, this wine is 94 percent North Coast sauvignon blanc grapes, with a little kiss of semillon. Its pale straw color alone has a cooling effect, and its aroma conjures a bright salad of citrus and melon.
Take a mouthful for even more of that fruit yumminess: cantaloupe, pineapple, tangerine, lime and peaches. There's just a hint of herb, but no gooseberry funk — this is a California-style sauvignon blanc, not the New Zealand school.
(I love them both, but they're very different.)
The Murphy Goode finishes crisply, with a chilly mineral edge under all that fruit. It's a splendid aperitif, and it was born to wash down raw oysters. Or try it with a plate of linguine with fresh asparagus, zesty lemon and nutty Parmigiano-Reggiano.
Colette Bancroft, Times staff writer