Another wine chosen for me by The Asheville Wine Guy is the 2006 Esperanza Verdejo-Viura, a wonderfully crisp and refreshing white wine from Spain. Priced at $11.99, this was the most pricey of the wines that Steve Nelson chose for me when I visited their shop. It’s a 50/50 blend of these two Spanish grapes and is lovely to look at in the glass – a faint gold with a touch of green. The nose is full of citrus aromas, which leads to a palate that’s bursting with fruit. There’s citrus plus green apple and melon, which is accompanied by a mineral presence, adding to the crisp finish. I thought this wine was fantastic!

My second selection this week is a wine that I found on sale at Cost Plus World Market when I was shopping for tortilla chips and salsa. The Xochitl tortilla chips that they sell are the closest thing I’ve found to a true restaurant-style chip anywhere. Every so often, I’ll make a special trip to World Market just for these chips (and usually salsa, too.) But I digress… I’m enjoying spring so much that I was in the mood for yet another light-bodied white wine. I decided on the 2006 Barton & Guestier Vouvray, which is a Chenin Blanc from the Touraine region of the Loire Valley. Priced at $7.99, it (un)coincidentally was exactly the right price to fit into this week’s column! This is a semi-sweet wine with a wonderfully floral nose and white fruit such as pear and peach on the palate. This will be especially nice during the dog days of summer.