For November I’ve selected a very well-known varietal, from a relatively unknown wine appellation. It’s time to start planning Thanksgiving dinner, and sauvignon blanc is always a good pairing for turkey, ham and sweet potatoes. Zoom in over the Loire Valley, France and you’ll see some pretty familiar wine regions: Vourvray, Chinon, Puoilly-Fume, etc. Menetou-Salon shares a border with Sancerre and makes top quality sauvignon blanc as well, which are very similar to its neighboring Sancerre and Pouilly-Fume. Les Bournes Menetou-Salon has that slightly smoky, very citrusy characteristic a good sauvignon blanc should have with lots of lively acidity. This is a great option when Sancerre gets a bit pricey. $19.99.
Kevin Castellano is the general manager of Wayzata Wine and Spirits and a lake-area wine and liquor expert.