HOPE Farmers Market
"...For a winery so rooted in reds, we had unfairly low expectations of their white wines, and we were altogether wrong. Their Estate Cuvée Blanc is a blend of 60% Picpoul Blanc, 20% Roussanne, and 20% Vermentino ($38) and its quality level maintains the house’s tradition..."
"...The primary one is the numerous "wineries" managed by rapscallions who cut their expenses down to the point that they just have a single barrel of cheap wine sitting in the corner of a tasting room. This barrel of swill allows them to call themselves a winery, and then they just operate like a wine bar, selling other Texas wines, often at prices that bear zero resemblance to the quality of what they are serving..."
"...1997 Wairau River Sauvignon Blanc ($19.99): perky, tropical, and exotic New Zealand S.B.; RINGER..."
"...The accompanying grilled carrot and asparagus salad was good enough to make a tasty entrée itself. A bottle of the always superb Venica "Ronco del Cero" Sauvignon Blanc ($49) from Collio was the perfect accompaniment...."
"...Paul Chollet’s Crémant de Bourgogne Brut Rosé ($17) adds cinnamon aromas. If rosé isn’t your thing, consider François Baur’s Crémant d’Alsace, a biodynamic wine made from the region’s glorious Pinot Blanc grape..."