I recently had my cousin over for what we like to call "mezze night". A smorgasbord of sorts, which can vary in region (Italian, middle eastern, Greek, and almost always hummus). We sit, we chat, we nibble, we drink wine. This time we had a mix of Italian meats and cheeses, dried fruits, pistachios, and veggies.
I chose a French white from the Loire Valley. Reserve Des Cleons "Sur Lie" 2011. The varietal was Melon, a grape I'd never heard of. It had a relatively soft palate, slight mineral tones and a burst of effervescence up front. Overall light and very easy to drink; it paired nicely with our meal. And for $6.99 at Trader Joe's, I'm sure this will be making it into the rotation often in the future.
Wine: Reserve Des Cleons "Sur Lie" 2011
Purchased: Trader Joe's
Would buy again: Yes