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Chateau Ste Michelle Horse Heaven Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2009

by Nannette Eaton on March 16, 2011

“You can bring a horse to the water but you cannot make him drink.”  —  John Heywood

On the eve of Saint Patricks Day, you may be mulling over what to quaff with the Corned Beef.  The dish is a melange of flavors and spices and can pose a quantry for wine pairing.  And there’s no shame in drinking a Guinness with your corned beef.  Others suggest a pinot noir or a gewürztraminer, but the Wine Harlots suggest matching your meal with a sauvignon blanc.  The acid will cut through the beef, and the crisp bright lemony citrus flavors with marry well with the seasonings.  We suggest trying the Chateau Ste Michelle Horse Heaven Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2009.

The details:  13.5% alcohol.  Cork closure.  Varietal:  89% Sauvignon Blanc, 11% Semillon.  Appellation: Horse Heaven Hills, Washington.  The actual retail for the Ste. Michelle runs about $15 USD and is widely distributed.  This was a media sample kindly provided by the winery.

The music match is “Who’s Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses” by U2 from the album Achtung Baby.  Sláinte!