Featured Wine: 2013 Bodegas Carrau Sauvignon Blanc "Sur Lie"
Recently, I attended a Wines of Uruguay tasting at the Embassy of Uruguay in Washington, D.C. While I expected to taste a fair share of Tannat-based wines (and I did, ranging from easy drinking entry level options, to blends with Merlot, Cab and/or Tempranillo, to serious, dark bottles with grippy tannins), I was surprised to see some really well made white wines, too.
The 2013 Bodegas Carrau Sauvignon Blanc "Sur Lie" is lively and zesty, with a mouth feel that's spritzy and almost effervescent (similar to a Vinho Verde.) It has notes of lime zest, and a great line of minerality on the finish. The winery rep on hand told me it's a popular wine for oysters, and has been on the menu at Pearl Dive Oyster Palace and other D.C.-area restaurants that serve bivalves. You can also get it at area Whole Foods stores. I'm definitely planning on stocking up on it--along with a bunch of oysters--and start shucking and sipping. It retails for around $14.