ORIGINAL POURS: SUNFLOWER CUVÉE

ORIGINAL POURS: SUNFLOWER CUVÉE Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Wear well your white pants and your white shoes, because summer, as we know it (did we ever?) is drawing to a close in one week. So before you travel to the city or head out of town, you might want to spend the twilight of those last days clinging to the meaning of it all with a nice glass or two of something white. Specifically, we’re thinking you might enjoy a glass of crisply, dry Sunflower Cuvée, blended for the 2008 vintage by wine aesthete and merchant, Kermit Lynch.

Cuvée, translated from the the French, by way of the Latin, means casked wine, or batch of wine that’s been blended. Lynch’s blend is comprised of a 20-20-20 split of Marsanne, Viognier and Rousanne grape varieties. The remaining 40 percent of the blend is a previously blended batch of Marsanne, Picpoul de Pinet and Viognier grapes, all of which come from southern France’s famed Côtes du Rhône region.

This wine, in particular, is a collaboration by Lynch and winemaker Louis Barroul, inheritor of a family business that’s been making wine for 14 generations on an estate that dates to the 16th century.

First, Barroul travels the Côtes du Rhône in search of wines made from some of the region’s smaller artisan winemakers, which he brings back to his estate. There, Lynch will be waiting to sample Barroul’s finds. When he finds what he likes, Lynch then blends the wines until he finds the perfect blend that most surprises his peerless palate.

We think you’ll very much like this earthy blend, and suggest pairing it with either our Rock Cod or Braised Pork Shank entrées, or by having a glass with a starter, like our Caesar, Greek or House salads, or with our Dungeness Crab Cakes, accompanied by our green olive tapenade.

So drop by during the next week and savor the last days of summer. Or take that last trip out of town before the autumn begins, because, chances are, you’ll still be able to savor a glass of Cuvée long after the summer winds itself out.