On one of our last evenings at Edisto Beach, S.C., we invited some friends over for dinner. We served pimiento cheese on crackers and watermelon chunks with country ham as canapés, shrimp cocktail for an appetizer, snapper baked with tomatoes, Vidalia onions and hot peppers served with squash casserole as the main course, and peach cobbler for dessert. All local, all delicious; a real Southern feast.
We drank a few bottles of wine. The high point was a basic white Burgundy, from an excellent producer in an excellent vintage. The Thierry & Pascale Matrot Bourgogne Chardonnay 2008 ($20) was balanced, lively and had enough personality to make itself heard above all the competing flavors. I rated it 88 points, non-blind, but a greater wine might have made a less harmonious match. We took the last sips out to the screen porch and watched the sun set into the marsh, a red fireball against endless vistas of green and blue. There's nothing quite like the Low Country.
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Sunset in Edisto Beach, S.C.