Chateau Vartely Sauvignon Blanc
Moldova is a tiny Eastern European country that you may or may not have heard about even before wine comes into the picture, but they take wine seriously. Believe it or not, the world's largest cellars are located beneath this former Soviet nation, which only began exporting large amounts of its wines to the U.S. after Russian trade issues shattered forced them to find new markets more than a decade ago. One of the results has been an influx of great, inexpensive wines into this country! Our all-time favorite Moldovan wine is Chateau Vartely Sauvignon Blanc, which is modeled after French styles from Bordeaux and the Loire Valley. Crisp and refreshing, it offers food-friendly acidity with flavors of green apple, apricot, gooseberry, and black currant leaf on the palate, which finishes clean, steely, and citrusy. It can easy be mistaken for a wine twice its price.