Not very often does a waiter recommend a particular wine to me unsolicited. I suppose I'm fairly decisive when asking for a wine, so they figure they don't need to chip in with their two cents worth. I certainly would not have expected that sort of offering from a waiter at The Daily Grill, but that's exactly what I got at the Studio City location.
Chain restaurants generally have lackluster wine lists to begin with, and the help doesn't usually seem to care too much about your order anyway. So when our waiter hesitated on my request for Rodney Strong Sauvignon Blanc, and instead suggested a New Zealand brand, he had my attention. It was only $8, so I figured I'd give it a shot. I'm glad I did.
KONO, it turns out, is a New Zealand company that sells both seafood and wine primarily to importers, wholesalers and the hospitality trade. The weather was nice out in Southern California and I was really feeling the springtime. This Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc played its role perfectly.
Giving a greenish-gold glow in the glass, the nose is grassy with a bit of melon rind in the background. There is a scent of citrus, but not overwhelmingly so. On the palate the citrus is a bit stronger. I taste citrus orange zest and again a slight melon rind comes into play. It's not so tart as to make the mouth pucker, yet the acidity makes this wine a natural for a food pairing. I loved it with my BLT sandwich and the cole slaw that came on the side. It's a very smooth quaff, perfect for a nice spring or summer day.