August 24, 2005

Hope Estate 2004 Hunter Valley Verdelho

(Imported by Winesellers Ltd, Skokie, IL; about $10)

The smartest comment on describing wines that I’ve ever heard came from Larry Bain, the director of operations of the restaurant Jardinière in San Francisco. “There are basically two things to say about wine,” he said. “They are, ‘Mmmmm. let’s have some more of that,’ and, ‘Hmm. Let’s try something else.” So, while I could tell you about how verdelho is a Portuguese grape that the Australians used to use for making high-octane sweet wines, and I could go on about grape-challenging heat of the Hunter Valley, I’ll just tell you that this wine’s dry, limey flavors and mouthwatering acidity are the sort of wine that will make you think, “Mmmmm. I’d like some more of that.” And some fried fish to go with it. Or maybe a big tomato-cucumber salad with feta. Or maybe just some chips. Delish.

This review first appeared in the Denver Post.

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