Cocktails remind me of a wicked but intriguing friend I had in high school—it was all good to hang out for a bit once in a while, maybe sneak a few smokes behind the 7-11, but get too close to her and you know you’d wind up calling your mom to come post bail. Beer, meanwhile, is the older brother I always wished I had: reliable, good-natured, fun as hell.
But wine, man. Wine is the drink I love. Wine is all flushed cheeks and intense conversation, moody flavors, subtle scents, lush textures. And just when you think you have ahold of a wine, it suddenly shifts in character and makes you see it in a new way.
Common wine-world wisdom has it that people start off liking white but graduate to red once their palates mature. But while my personal palate still has a heck of a lot to learn, I’m willing to bet that white wine will always be my favorite beverage. And my favorite place to drink white wine, currently, is the Virginia Inn. And my current favorite white wine to drink at the Virginia Inn is the ’06 Les Deux Tours Sauvignon Blanc ($8) from Ladoucette.
A great compliment to the V Inn’s french bistro vibe, Les Deux Tours is produced in the Loire Valley, and it’s got the zesty acidity for which Loire wines are known—as well as the grassyness I’m always looking for in sauvignon blancs. Plus it’s citrusy and totally delicious, and never tastes exactly the same as it did the last time. Have a glass. I think you’ll love it too.