June 13, 2007

St. Hallett 2006 Barossa Poacher's Blend, about $12

When people ask me what they should ask winemakers, I tell them to ask about food. Winemakers who talk about hangtimes and punchdowns often make wines that are more impressive than delicious, but if the winemaker excitedly tells you about what he made for dinner last night, you've most likely found someone who makes wines to drink, not show off.

Stuart Blackwell, St. Hallett's winemaker, loves food at least as much as he loves wine, and it shows in his Poacher's Blend, a mix of semillon, sauvignon blanc and riesling: With rich pineapple flavor offset by bright acidity, it's as comfortable with a bowl of potato chips as it is with just about anything you want to toss on the grill this summer.

Imported by Beam Wine Estates, Healdsburg, CA

This review first appeared in the Denver Post.

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