Sancerre, a beautiful village and a fine wine
Sancerre is a fruity, acidic white wine made in the Loire Valley of northern France from the Sauvignon Blanc grape variety. (For the record red and rosé Sancerres do exist, but when people say Sancerre, they usually think white.) White Sancerre can be a flavorfest, tasting of citrus fruits, gooseberries, gunflint, herbs, and smoke. It is known as a food friendly wine. Suggested food pairings include Asiago Cheese, Sardines, Sea Bass, Sushi and Sushami (light fish), and Fettucine Alfredo.
Sancerre starts at about $18-20. At that price look for a Domaine Henri Bourgeois and don't hesitate to pay a few dollars more. It has lots of ripe fruit and great acidity. In the $22 range go for a Château de Sancerre that tastes of grapefruit peel, white peach, and lime. You'll do well with a Laporte Domaine du Rochoy Sancerre in the $23-23 range. For a real treat try the Pascal Cotat Sancerre Les Monts Damnés tasting of white asparagus, camomile, and honeysuckle with great acidity. You can age this wine for a couple of years.