Another beautiful spring day in Los Angeles took me to Third and Fairfax for a jaunt through the Farmers Market. I wound up a few steps to the north at Maggiano's for lunch. I wasn't all that early. Maybe the economy was to blame for the fact that nobody was in the bar. There was plenty of light coming through the windows and a breeze through the doors, so it felt quite right. I took a seat.
The bartender poured a few tastes for me and I decided to go with a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc, Brancott, from Marlborough.
The nose was predictably grassy and green, perfect for a nice springtime day. There was lemon zest and a tropical aroma making a big play, too. On the palate, the lemon came through in a wash of minerals for a clean and crisp taste. It's not an expensive wine, just $7 per glass.
The plate held talapia topped with lobster and some grilled, marinated veggies on the side. The pairing was very good.