Our Wine of the Week, Edna Valley Vineyard 2011 Central Coast Sauvignon Blanc ($15), is as refreshing as a citrus orchard on a cool winter morning. As you lift the glass, a bouquet of grapefruit zest and orange flowers envelops you. On the palate, those aromas resolve into flavors of sweet Ruby grapefruit, fragrant pomelo and tangy Meyer lemon.
There's also a plushness to the wine, a richness that moves one's attention from citrus to stone fruit, the season's first peaches, perhaps, or ripe nectarines.
This wine is an easy quaffer with almost any seafood and especially oysters on the half shell topped with a little grapefruit mignonette. Bay scallops, sea scallops, petrale sole, baby shrimp and skate wing are all flattered by this wine. It's delicious with spaghetti al vongole and scrumptious with chilled Dungeness crab dressed with nothing more than a squeeze of lemon.
Because of the wine's lush qualities, you can also enjoy it with chicken -- simple roasted chicken is an ideal match -- and with pork, especially pork tenderloin with a grapefruit marmalade glaze.
The wine is excellent with green vegetables, from asparagus and raw kale salads to sauteed sugar snap peas. Vietnamese noodle salads ("bun")Thai larb (salads with shredded meat) and Southeast Asian salad rolls are excellent matches, too.
For today's recipe, I'm taking inspiration from the wonderful citrus available at farmers markets right now. I like this salad best with pomelo and if you feel like tackling it, do so, though its segments tend to be less even than grapefruit segments. It takes some doing to extract them.
Citrus Salad with Goat Cheese, Hazelnuts and Arugula
Makes 3 to 4 servings
2 grapefruit, peeled and sectioned (see Note below)
1 orange, preferably Cara Cara, peeled and sectioned