This is a long one, but bare with me,
I'm in a "story telling mood" and this is my outlet.
Let's set the scene: It's August, and our character, let's call him Dan, and let's picture him played by a John Cusack type, so Dan has the day off. He rolls out of bed around 8:30 because sadly that feels like sleeping in these days. Dan has grand plans of nothingness for the day, and even that feels like too much so he pairs it down a bit. Maybe he'll take the dog for a hike, or work on that book he's been meaning to write, or maybe he'll just hang out on the deck with some wine...Yeah...That'll work.
Cue the montage of him bumming around for a bit; feeding the dog, playing some games on his phone, a few shots of the clock slowly ticking away time, back to him watching a couple episodes of New Girl on Netflix, really anything to pass the time until it seems relatively ok to be day drinking wine, let's call it 11:45. He figures out loud to himself that, "Noon is surely ok, but I can spare a few minutes because I'm on vacation! ...Or at least I have the day off, same difference!"
At 11:38 he grabs his sunglasses and straw sun hat that he secretly thinks is awesome but probably would never work up the nerve to go out in public in. (If this seems like I'm just writing about my own life then you're sorely mistaken...I have no qualms about going out in public in my awesome sunhat...Duh) At 11:40 Dan heads towards the wine rack to pick that delicious day drinker, that perfect porch pounder, that gasp-worthy guzzler...Ok I'm out of alliterations.
His eyes scan the bottles, drinking in the labels, remembering stories that surround each one. He pulls out his phone to check the time, and see what the temperature outside is like. 11:43, and 87 degrees...Given that information his hand falls on an old standby, that delicious, big, bold Napa Valley Cab.
Here's the point in the film where everything freezes and the main character breaks the fourth wall to give you a little background.
"What?" he says. "I'm a red drinker, and last time I was at the wine shop I just grabbed what I knew. So why not?"
"BECAUSE IT'S 87 DEGREES OUTSIDE AND THAT CAB IS GOING TO SIT LIKE A HEAVY, SLOSHING, LIQUID BRICK, YOU MORON!" You probably scream at the screen.
Let's try this again:
The film then cuts back to a scene you watched a few minutes ago from when Dan walked into his local wine shop. He scans the store, half wanting an associate to ask if he needs help, half hoping he goes unnoticed so he can not seem like an idiot and have to admit he needs it. The first time you watched it he just made a B-line for what he knew, but this is a cut-back sequence to see how things could have gone differently. He breaks the fourth wall again:
"I know this shouldn't be this difficult. I know that I'm overthinking things, so screw it, let's do it." He awkwardly makes eye contact with the guy stocking the racks and gives him one of those upwards nods accompanied by half wave of his hand, the universal, silent way for us awkward people to indicate we need help.
He explains to the wine store guy (who is happy to help and share his knowledge and is way less daunting than Dan expected...Because it's what this guy does for a living and loves it...SO TALK TO YOUR LOCAL WINE STORE PEOPLE!) what he typically drinks, and what he likes and doesn't like, and explains that he is looking for something to drink on a hot day with good music playing and maybe the smell of a grill in the background.
The associate takes all this information in and you can see the wheels turning in his head as a big grin spreads across his face. "I've got something that will put you out of your comfort zone, but I think will be exactly what you're looking for." He walks away to the Italian Whites section and returns with a bottle. it's a wine with a green and gold label. Dan takes it. Gavi, Dry White Wine from La Chiara.
Fourth wall break:
"This is it? My day off rests in the hands of a white wine I don't know if I'm pronouncing correctly that some guy told me to drink?" The skepticism drips from his words.
(Rapid fire montage of cash exchanging hands, wine going into paper bag, bag being thrown in passenger seat, tires squealing, wine being placed in rack, clock hands going around, and then we're back to our initial scene of Dan looking for a wine in his rack.)
Ok, I could go on but I'll just sum it up: Dan has a great day off, and comes to some existential epiphany because of the wine and realizes why he lost the girl. He calls her up, she rejects him, but he's now ok with it because deep down that was the closure he wanted and needed. Armed with his new insight on life he moves to the Virgin Islands and follows his dream of becoming a boat captain. The film ends with him in his trusty sunhat, hawaiian shirt unbuttoned, while he's at the wheel of a small sail boat which he's named Gavi's Wisdom, and he sails off while "I Know What Love Isn't" by Jens Lekman plays and the credits roll. There you go.
So what about the wine!? What was this nectar of the gods that changed our friend Dan's life? It's the perfect white wine for the red wine drinker. The grape is called a "Cortese" (Core-Tay-Zee) and is grown primarily in a small area of the Piedmont (Northern Italy) called Gavi (Gah-Vee.) The vines are planted in a prehistoric salt lake bed that is just bursting with minerals! We've touched before on how that can affect a wine, and this is a perfect example of it.
In general red wines will be much more robust and have a lot more weight to them, this is largely due to the mineral content in the wines, however you don't notice it as much with reds because it is so overshadowed by tannins and the flavor that the oak imparts.
There is a fancy, sciency way of finding the "weight" of a wine where the person puts it in a beaker and heats it so that all the water and alcohol evaporates, and after a while all that's left is the solids. They weigh those solids, giving them the "weight" of the wine. Using this method it was shown that Gavi has the same weight as a medium to full bodied red! What does this mean for you besides just an amazing, full flavored, refreshing wine? Well for one thing, unlike the majority of white wines that really can't be stored for too long before they need to be drunk, this is a wine that can be cellared for ten years or more with no problem! ...Not that it would last that long on my wine rack, let's be honest. But it is a wine that will only get better with time.
Flavor-wise you can expect apple, white stone fruits like peach, and some melon as well. The nose boasts more of a light lime citrus, and soft flowers, maybe a little bit of honey suckle. However, despite the succulent whirlwind of fresh fruits and flowers, this is about as far from a sweet wine as you can get. With it's high acidity and strong minerality on the finish it is the just what you need to get your fix of ultimate refreshment as you lay in the sun and soak in that vitamin D.
In addition to drinkability and storability, because of it's weight and complexity, Gavi makes an amazing wine to pair with food! From Asian, to Thai, to Sea Food, as well as heavier dishes, and of course, being from Italy, anything pasta will be amazing!
So for all you "I'm a big bold red drinker, I don't drink that sissy white wine" people out there, do yourself a favor, suck it up, swallow your pride, and grab a bottle of Gavi from your local wine store. And let me be the first to welcome you to the wonderful world of white wines!
as always, drink on!