Ferrari Carano Fume’ Blanc Shines with Sunshine and Flip-Flops

Escaping Iowa’s winter is a yearly ritual with my good friend.  We always head straight to Florida’s Gulf Coast on the fastest flight available.  With delirious grins on our faces, we leave winter parkas and snow boots behind.  Two hours later, we are squinting at palm trees in bright sunlight, throwing off sweatshirts and slipping on our flip-flops!

It’s a full week of nothing but soaking up hot sunshine, yelling “Dolphin!” the moment we see one break the water, and marveling at ocean sunsets.  Oh, there could be a bottle or two of Champagne involved, too.

Once back in Iowa I was feeling quite smug with my deeply tanned skin, a stark contrast to all those around me looking so vitamin-D-starved. I wanted to keep the beachy vibe going and grabbed a bottle of Ferrari Carano Fume’ Blanc.  I had gulped a glass of it at Guppy’s Restaurant, one of our must-go restaurants on the Gulf Boulevard.  The wine was all full of tropical and citrus aromas and was the perfect partner for oceanside dining and flip-flop wearing.

Ferrari Carano uses 100% Sauvignon Blanc grapes for this wine, sourced from several appellations within Sonoma County.  Most of the grapes are fermented in stainless steel tanks after cold-soaking.  One-third of the grapes are transferred to older French oak barrels to ferment, where the juice picks up subtle oak influences.

When all the juice is combined, the wine created is filled with vibrant fruit and freshness while the oak adds some roundness and softens the acidity just a bit.

At home, we grilled some salmon and topped it with spicy pineapple salsa. (It’s a Chef’s Creation made by our own Chef Andrew Kintigh and Chef Gina Luu at North Ankeny Boulevard Hy-Vee.  Are you reading this locally?  Then get your selves into our store and try this deliciously sweet and spicy salsa!) We added a creamy spring risotto with fresh herbs.

Just as I remembered from Guppy’s, this wine is a fresh, tropical-infused beauty.  Mango and pineapple aromas blend with grapefruit and lemon.The flavors are mouthwatering tropical fruits, with peaches and pears.  Grapefruit and lime bring even more light to this wine, and the fresh brightness is held in a silky, elegant texture.

The sweetness of the fruits tamed the heat of the pineapple salsa and the crisp nature of the wine gave a good contrast with the creamy risotto. 

Ahh this could be my new summer patio wine!

I was not oceanside this time while drinking the Ferrari Carano Fume’ Blanc, there were no dolphins leaping about, no sunshine glinting off the water… but I sure as heck was wearing my flip-flops!

Well, obviously drinking oceanside while wearing flip-flops;
A sunny patio anywhere;
Sauvignon Blanc drinkers who like a fruit-forward style without a lot of grassy character.

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