1998 Kendall-Jackson Sauvignon Blanc, California ($10).
Kendall-Jackson absorbs a lot of well-deserved abuse from critics for its oversweet but wildly popular chardonnay. But discriminating palates should not hold those sins against the winery's well-made and well-priced sauvignon blanc. The 1998 is a fresh, spicy, herbal product with flavors of snap peas, juniper, peach and apple. While it's not quite bone-dry, neither is it exceedingly sweet. This versatile wine can be served with many spicy cuisines, ranging from Thai to Cajun, but will also match well with most seafood, however it's prepared.
Pub Date: 09/22/99