At $17 a bottle, we recommend a sauvignon blanc from one of the most reliable producers in France, Pascal Jolivet. It’s called Attitude, and it has citrus notes for freshness, without needing to bang you on the head with a grapefruit bat. (In fact, too much grapefruit flavor often means the wine is out of balance, and won’t work so well with food.) This white is perfect by the glass on the porch, or with chicken, fish, shellfish, and white pizza.
Don’t miss one of the best rosé wines we’ve had this summer, another treat from Pascal Jolivet, called Sancerre. Not only is this wine, at about $20 a bottle, gorgeous in the glass, it tastes like Rene Fleming sounds, hitting all those terrific soprano notes. Perfect with chicken, fish, shellfish, sandwiches, omelets, white pizza, barbecue, or just by the glass with friends.
If your wine store doesn’t stock either of these wines from Jolivet, tell them the distributor is Frederick Wildman & Sons; they should have it to you in 24 hours. Feel free to call ahead and ask so you don’t have to make two trips.