I’ve been exploring different wines lately, trying to figure out what flavor profiles I like. Last night I picked up a bottle of Honig Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc from 2009. Immediately when I swirled the wine in glass and allowed it to oxidize a bit, a bouquet of honeydew perfumed from the glass. It was very nice. The wine has subtle notes of citrus flavors that I think enhances the melon flavor. The finish is crisp and clean. The wine goes through a unique process to retain some of those melon flavors by adding whole melon through the press and then cutting another batch of melons, still clinging to the rind. It’s a better wine for drinking than cooking because once its reduced in sauces, there’s a bitter aftertaste. As with all Sauvignon Blancs, drink immediately to savor it’s fresh and delicate flavors. Prices range from $15-24 a bottle.