What To Drink This Weekend: White Meritage Cosentino “The Novelist”

Many people have heard of Meritage wines — American blended wines modeled after the premium wines of the Bordeaux region of France — but few realize that while the vast majority of Meritage wines are red blends based on cabernet sauvignon and merlot, a few are made in the image of white Bordeaux—blends of sauvignon blanc and semillon.

Cosentino’s white Meritage (Chairman’s Selection, $10.99) is a lovely example of the style — balancing the herbal tang of sauvignon blanc with a judicious touch of toasty French oak. The result is plumper and more luxurious than most people associate with the snappy Bordeaux grape, without reaching the ‘butter-bomb’ extreme commonly associated with chardonnay. Try it with garlic shrimp or pasta carbonara.