Top Ad ☰ Menu

Les Hospices Sancerre: Ready for summer

Posted on: May 14th, 2014 by Tom Peiffer No Comments

Feel it?  A change in the weather is here in the valley.  The oncoming summer, Arizona style!  Oh yeah, the patio’s allure calls.  Of course, that means patio food and naturally that leads to a refreshing patio wine.  So let’s take a different tack this time and start with the wine, then pick the food later.

20140514LesHospicesSancerreSo what is the best repast for a late-spring evening starter here in the desert?  Believe it or not, when in doubt, go to France.  This is because as the weather warms here in the Phoenix area our flowering desert plants put out one last shot, injecting their perfume and greenery scents into the air.

And French wines specialize in perfumes; be it citrus, rose, lilac, or lily.  They have it all.  One of the best regions for citrus, veggie and floral is Sancerre.  Their flowery lemon grass scents produce such a well-centered bouquet, that when combined with the spring aromas that we have right out the back door each evening, just raising a glass to the nose is a pair to remember.

So once the “outdoor pairing” is settled, conjure up a familiar shrimp cocktail appetizer, platter it up, and with a bottle of Sancerre in tow, head outside to enjoy the fading pink evening sky.  Then savor another changing of the guard from spring to summer.

While it can be a bit daunting to pick out the right Sancerre for a good price, AJs carries “Les Hospices” Sancerre (aka Sauvignon Blanc) as part of their current offering, an excellent choice.  It sells at $22.99 (find it in Chandler for sure).

Showing a full lemon grass flinty bouquet, plus lemon-lime with balanced fruit and acidity on the mid-palate, and a spicy citrus finish; it’s perfect with what’s blowing in the wind from about 6:00 to 7:30.  In short, it’s certainly a good puppy to start a desert evening.

Because the bouquet of this wine comes forward best with just a moderate chill, serve it from the fridge after about 45 minutes (55-60 degrees).

Examiner-New-Logos-RGB (1)

About the Author - Tom Peiffer

Tom has been an avid wine consumer and collector for over 20 years. This pastime has taken he and his family on many visits to wine growing regions, including Arizona. During these excursions, with the accompanying tastings and lectures, it became clear that there is no "magic bullet" wine. For each wine contains its own character, strong points, and weaknesses. Sharing these experiences to help anyone purchase locally available wines is his goal.

More Posts by  | Website

Related Posts

Qupè Syrah_ A Rhone-inspired Californian

Wine | Qupe Syrah: A Rhone-inspired Californian

Posted on: October 5th, 2019

Something that’s under-advertised about wine is that Syrah (aka Shiraz) creations can vary almost as much as Pinot Noirs. Although this has a lot to do with where the grapes were grown, the winemaker has a huge role to play in the ultimate style and character of a vintage. One of these Syrah (Rhone... Read More
A New Side to Hand Cut Burgers & Chophouse

A New Side to Hand Cut Burgers & Chophouse

Posted on: October 4th, 2019

Hand Cut Burgers & Chophouse has launched a brand new fall menu featuring more than a dozen new items! Guests will enjoy everything from updated appetizers and salads, to new delicious cuts and a brand unique pasta selection, including a gluten-free rice pasta. Grass-Fed Meatballs | Arizona grass-fed beef meatballs baked in a red pepper... Read More

Be the first to comment!

©2019 PhoenixBites | Site Designed by WeDoDev

All rights reserved. Privacy Policy | Disclosure Policy | Sitemap

%d bloggers like this: