In the quaint central coast of California lies the Paicines AVA. When our friends Randall and Mark at Donati Family Vineyards told us they had made a white wine called Sassy Lady, we laughed and assumed that they had named it after their winemaker, Denise Valoff. Denise is definitely more sweet than sassy.
Some other more conventional winemakers may say that it was a “Sassy” move for her to put 11% Pinot Blanc into an unoaked Chardonnay blend, but we have another word to describe this bold and gutsy blending decision: Delicious. The Chardonnay imparts flavors of green apple, crisp d’anjou pear, and cream while the Pinot Blanc adds citrus, orange, and apricot notes. We think you will agree that the combination is lovely. Don’t let the name “Chardonnay” on the label fool you, even though it technically meets the labeling requirements to be called a Chardonnay, it is anything but. We think it should just be called a white wine blend, because the Pinot Blanc plays such an important role in the finished wine.
We suggest pairing this wine with citrus-based sauces, light pastas with extra virgin olive oil, fish and shellfish, or roasted chicken. This is one wine that you shouldn’t feel obligated to pair with food. It is so smooth and tasty; you will have a hard time not finishing the bottle in one sitting.