Frugal Feature: Oyster Bay Sauvignon Blanc
Every Monday I find myself at the local QFC grocery store scrounging for Woohoo! deals. These are items about to expire that get discounted and stamped with a Woohoo! sale sticker. Through my own investigation I found that this occurs on Sunday nights - I am assuming after the store closes. It has become a habit and a bit of a thrill to see what the Monday grocery store endeavor will bring in the way of discounts. This is not necessarily relevant to the blog post considering this wine was not on Woohoo!, but it gives you context on how I stumbled upon this wine.
After piling discounted Greek Yogurt cups into my cart, I decided to peak at the wine section where I found this Oyster Bay Sauvignon Blanc. It is priced at $9.99 and fits comfortably into the Frugal Feature budget of wine under $15.00. You can find it at QFC, Fred Meyer, Kroger, or Total Wine. You can also order this wine off of wine.com, but you are more than likely going to pay more for it due to shipping costs.
I had a hunch that this wine would be tasty because a Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand is almost always a safe choice. NZ tends to more often than not, make good wine at a great price point. Congruently, a Sauv Blanc from Marlborough is essentially guaranteed to be beyond palatable. If you are not familiar with the Sauvignon Blanc varietal, check out the Grape Highlight from January to get more details about this delightful wine.
This is a great wine to sip on unaccompanied while waiting for your husband to get home from work. It is 12.5% alcohol which will ensure you will be in your happy place upon his arrival. Dinner may end up being on the table a little late... it is give and take type of scenario.
In the glass you will find bright notes of grapefruit, which is held through the flavor of the wine as it slips down your gullet. I found the wine to be moderately acidic and slightly sweet, not overbearing on either end. It is what I would consider to be a neutral wine, in other words a wine that everyone is likely to enjoy. Perfect for parties because non-wine connoisseurs and wine lovers will certainly enjoy a glass or two from this bottle.
You also will find that this wine that can be enjoyed with or without a food pairing. I had a stand alone glass to get more familiar with the nuances of the wine. I also sipped on some while munching on a carefully crafted charcuterie board. The soft brie, pretzel crisps and strawberry-fig preserves combo was heaven when paired with this wine. A great dinner pairing option would be the Party Shrimp featured in February's Wine and Food Pairings post. Yum!
Go on already, head out to your local grocery store to get your hands on this tasty bottle. If you get the opportunity to sip on this wine, I want to know about it! As always you can comment below or reach me through the many social media outlets. Let me know if you need help locating a bottle, because it is definitely worth the less than $10.00 purchase.
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