Jurançon comes in two varieties, sweet or dry. But for spring and summer drinking, you want the dry, or sec. This offering from Clos Lapeyre is a lovely alternative to Chardonnay or Sauvignon Blanc. It's a unique white, pale gold in color, with a novel flavor profile of sweet lime and toasted almonds coupled with a bright mineral acidity. The grape, if you're curious, is peculiar to the region in France and called Gros Manseng. And winemaker Jean-Bernard Larrieu makes one of the best Jurançon secs around.
Serve it well-chilled as an apéritif with toasted Marcona almonds and a bowl of olives. It's also quite delicious with prosciutto or jamón serrano on toasted bread, or with a fines herbes omelet and a salad. Grilled seafood is a natural too.
--S. Irene Virbila
Region: Southwest France
Price: About $15
Style: Crisp and minerally
Food it goes with: Almonds and olives, prosciutto or ham on toast, omelets, seafood
Where you find it: K&L Wine Merchants in Hollywood, (323) 464-9463, www.klwines.com; Mission Wines in South Pasadena, (626) 403-9463, www.missionwines.com; Silver Lake Wine in Los Angeles, (323) 662-9024 www.silverlakewine.com; Wine Exchange in Orange, (714) 974-1454 and (800) 769-4639, www.winex.com; Woodland Hills Wine Co. in Woodland Hills, (818) 222-1111, www.whwc.com.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun