A winning white wine and an Alsace festival

Springtime in a glass.

That's how co-vintner Deborah Cahn of Navarro describes our wine-of-the-week winner — the Navarro Vineyards, 2012 Edelzwicker, Anderson Valley Table Wine at $15.

"We are just starting to have paperwhites spring up in our yard, and the heady aromatics of Edelzwicker are like springtime in a glass," Cahn said. "Sometimes I think drinking Edelzwicker is like having a container of narcissus in my winter kitchen windowsill. It's a reminder that spring is just around the corner."

The white blend is one among hundreds that will be poured Saturday at the Alsace Festival Grand Tasting at the Mendocino County Fairgrounds in Boonville (<a href="http://www.avwines.com" target="_blank">www.avwines.com</a>). The event will showcase a broad range of varietals that originated from Alsace, France.

The Navarro white is a blend of 53 percent pinot gris; 36 percent gew?rztraminer; 9 percent riesling and 2 percent muscat. It's a gorgeous, aromatic wine with fleshy fruit and a lush texture. It has layered flavors of honeysuckle, white peach and a hint of mineral, with a lingering finish. Best of all, it's a steal at $15.

"It's important to have wines that match every budget," Cahn said. "We work hard to always have a wine in a reasonable price range so that our customers have something to drink every day and not only save Navarro wines for special occasions."

Cahn said the winery chose the wines of Alsace because they're "intrinsic" to Navarro Vineyards' identity. "We choose to grow grapes in the Anderson Valley because we wanted to specialize in gew?rztraminer," she said. "No one was doing a good one in California in 1974. At the time, we picked the grapes of Alsace because we wanted to be a big fish in a small pond rather than a small fish in a large pond of cabernet sauvignon and chardonnay"

Wine writer Peg Melnik can be reached at 707-521-5310 or peg.melnik@pressdemocrat.com.

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