kelly magyarics

washington, d.c.-based wine, spirits, travel & lifestyle writer / wine educator


An energy bar with a glass of white, please

I'm always on the lookout for cool, interesting white blends. So I was super excited when I stumbled across Clif Bar Family Winery's "The Climber" 2007 white blend recently while dining at two DC-area restaurants: Redwood in Bethesda, and Urbana in DC. Yes, the same folks who bring us Clif and Luna Bars make some decent juice.

This wine is a blend of 81% Sauvignon Blanc, 12% Pinot Blanc, 4% Chenin Blanc and 3% Muscat. So it's similar in profile to a Sauvignon Blanc with regards to the acidity, passionfruit and citrus flavors, but the other grapes do a great job of rounding out the blend with honeysuckle, peach and nectarine, and a fuller mouthfeel.

The best part is that it retails for around $14--definitely do-able as a house white. In Northern Virginia, you can get The Climber at Wegman's and Whole Foods.