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Chinook’s Sauvignon Blanc best for Chicken Piccata

We’ve got the perfect wine for Christina Petty’s Chicken Piccata recipe.

It’s light; it’s balanced and goes perfect with the lemon juice and capers her recipe calls for.

It’s Sauvignon Blanc and it’s from Washington’s Chinook Wines.

Chinook — owned by husband and wife team Kay Simon and Clay Mackey — is known for its dry wines. The couple released their first wine, coincidentally a Sauvignon Blanc, in 1983.

Simon is the winemaker and Mackey the viticulturist and together they make some wonderful wines that are highly regarded by the Washington wine industry.

Their position on winemaking is that it is “all about balancing the natural juxtaposition of sugar, acidity and flavor” from the grapes.

All of their grapes are grown in the Yakima Valley AVA. They have an estate vineyard planted with Cabernet Franc that surrounds their Prosser winery and they source grapes from five growers, all with vineyards within 15 miles of their winery.

It’s because of the couple’s dedication to finding the perfect balance in each harvest that we’re recommending their wine.

We selected the Sauvignon Blanc variety to pair with the Chicken Piccata recipe because it’s the best wine to pair with the herbal flavors that will be present in this dish. It’s also the best wine to match the citrus notes, which will come from the suggested use of lemon juice.

Finally, Sauvignon Blanc is a great match for chicken.

It’s also a great wine to be chilled and then sipped on a sunny summer evening, much like what Ann Vogel describes when explaining the wedding she attended where this dish was served.

Chinook’s 2009 Sauvignon Blanc is sourced from two mature Yakima Valley vineyards. According to the winery’s tasting notes the wine has a crisp balance of body and acidity, with pear and citrus fruit notes. After pressing the juice was fermented at a cool temperature to keep the fruity and floral characters of the wine.

The wine is a little pricier than we normally recommend, but it’s well worth it. It runs about $17.