Merry Edwards is affectionately named the “Queen of Pinot,” and her legacy among California winemakers is secure with her recent induction into the Vintners Hall of Fame and her 2013 James Beard Award for outstanding wine professional. After starting Merry Edwards Winery in 2008, her pinot noirs and sauvignon blanc quickly became popular among sommeliers and consumers alike. The sauvignon blanc is especially noteworthy, as it’s sourced from 25-year-old vines, contains the sauvignon musque clone that lends depth and aromatic interest, and is packaged with a provocative label. It’s barrel fermented with lees stirring, giving it an uncommon richness and complexity on the palate. Perfumed with lychee and floral notes, tasting of fresh melon, pear, and pink grapefruit, and laced with bright acidity, this wine is highly versatile at the table.
Find it on the list at Anqi Gourmet Bistro & Noodle Bar in South Coast Plaza (half bottle $37) and pair it with Wok Mango Chicken or An’s Famous Garlic Noodles with Shrimp. The wine can take on practically everything on the menu including the more spicy offerings. Also available at: The Crow Bar & Kitchen, Sapphire Laguna, and the Montage Resort & Spa.