Tablas Creek Esprit de Beaucastel Blanc 2005

$40

For a dish that calls for a rich but not heavy white, a wine with full flavors that come from grapes rather than barrels is the perfect pairing. That description aptly characterizes many whites made with Rhone grape varieties, an increasingly popular category with American wine enthusiasts these days. This selection from Paso Robles in California is a blend of 70% Roussanne, 25% Grenache Blanc, and 5% Picpoul. It offers apple-tinged, nut, and spice flavors that will complement a hearty dish very well.