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I arrived home later (and more hungry) than usual after a full day at the office and subsequent errands. As soon as I walked in the door, I started boiling water for pasta and pulled out of the freezer some homemade, garden-grown pesto that I keep around for just such gastronomic emergencies.
Luckily, I had a bottle of Four Vines Chardonnay Santa Barbara County Naked 2008 ($14) in the refrigerator, chilled and ready to go. The wine gets its “naked” moniker because the wine was fermented entirely in stainless steel and has no influence from oak. This lets the wine’s natural acidity shine through, as well as the varietal’s concentrated flavors of peach, apple and citrus. It’s a mouthwatering combination, very flavorful and refreshing.
It turned out to be a perfect pairing—the wine stood up to the intensity of the pesto’s flavors while simultaneously brightening the dish. Since I don’t normally finish a whole bottle by myself, I also liked that it had a twist-off top, which made it convenient to save the rest for the next day. I rated the wine 88 points, non-blind.
Andrew Stickney — Cape Elizabeth, ME — November 16, 2009 3:12pm ET
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