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Senior editor MaryAnn Worobiec has been with Wine Spectator since 1997. She is the lead taster for Australia and New Zealand wines and California Sauvignon Blanc and "other" whites.
MaryAnn Worobiec

A Favorite White to Answer a Frequent Question

Allan Scott Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough Millstone 2010

MaryAnn Worobiec
Posted: November 16, 2011

When I meet people and tell them what I do, one of the most common questions I get is, “What is your favorite wine?”

It’s complicated for me to answer, as I’m sure it is for a lot of wine lovers. Do I describe that sip of incredibly old Port I had years ago? That afternoon when I drank a vertical of some of the rarest, most stunningly aged wines I’ve ever had? Or do I tell them about the first wines I drank when I was just falling in love with wine—benchmarks for what would become my knowledge base?

I tell them it’s like trying to answer what my favorite song is. I can tell you what my favorite track is off of Kind of Blue, my favorite Frank Sinatra ditty, the pop song that I always turn up the volume on when it comes on the radio, or how that AC/DC song always gets my heart pumping.

Instead, I tend to answer this way: I tell them what I’m actually drinking. I describe the wines I gravitate toward because of my lifestyle and how I cook. Not necessarily what I’d serve if you came over for dinner, but what I open when I’m in the kitchen by myself, Kind of Blue is playing on my iPod, and I’m cooking dinner.

At the top of my list is Sauvignon Blanc. I love to cook with it and drink it while I’m cooking, and it pairs well with most of my cooking—which these days includes a lot of vegetables and Asian- or Mexican-inspired fare. If I squirt lime or lime juice in the food, it can pair with a Sauvignon Blanc. Even better is a bottle with a twist-off cap, as I rarely polish off a bottle in one sitting.

I found some Allan Scott Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough Millstone 2010 at a local Whole Foods for about $15 and bought several bottles of this New Zealand white, so it has been making a regular appearance at my house for months now. It’s perfectly mouthwatering, with plenty of fresh lime juice, green apple, lemongrass and a hint of passion fruit. It sings with many different foods I prepare, and it’s refreshing and bright. I gave it 92 points, non-blind.

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