I’m not a white wine gal, but it was 106 degrees so the wine had to be cold, which precluded anything red. This beautiful bottle from Fathers and Daughters Cellars beckoned and I’m so glad it did, because it’s a white I can wholeheartedly recommend.

From the first sip, notes of apricot and even a slight bit of banana—but not to much so as to make it tropical—refreshed on a summer evening. Then it opened up and I was brought back to my childhood—specifically, a huge 70’s brandy-snifter full of rose potpourri that my mother had on her dresser. The heady scent of dried roses becomes a welcome flavor in this wine, and combined with the aforementioned apricot, this light but complex field blend refreshes but doesn’t dominate the moment.

And here, I’ll say that, with whites, and really, probably with reds too, a blend as opposed to a single varietal is where it’s at. This blend—as opposed to a forced brutalist, bauhaus, one varietal white wine—truly captured the exuberant innocence of fathers and daughters. And frankly, I’m not surprised, as the French have been doing it that way for centuries. It’s light and playful, like a memory.

Takeaway: Fathers and Daughters Cellars “The Dance”

An elegant blend of 60% Old Vine Sauvignon Blanc, 30% Gewurztraminer and 10% Chardonnay, this wine, expertly choreographed from grape to bottle by winemaker Phillip Baxter, offers a sophisticated vibrancy with excellent balance. Visit Fathers + Daughters Cellars.

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