Domaine La Manarine Côtes-du-Rhône Blanc 2015, $16
I often shy away from white wines from Côtes-du-Rhône because, quite frankly, they can be boring and out of balance (often hot, with low acidity, and a neutral-fruited character). But! This doesn’t have to be the case. On the right soils, and from the right grapes (in this case Clairette for texture and Bourboulenc for energy), the wines can be quite the opposite of the generic mass-produced stuff. Bright, floral and citrusy, with a chalky texture on a broad frame, this is the wine to pair with seafood in lieu of the typical Muscadet. Minuscule amounts are imported and we received a mere three cases, so get it while it lasts.