White Nights

The arrival, grudging though it has been, of spring urges us to shift our modes of domestic indulgence from heavy to light. We are through with pork roasts spiked with garlic, meatballs and spaghetti, pizza laden with ham and peppers, and steak with gravy — all of which require hearty reds.

It is the season of lemon sole, lobster, shrimp cocktail, Caesar salad and fresh pesto over angel hair — all of which invite light whites.

Save for the weekend barbecue when the ribs and chicken cry out for Chianti, we have entered the season of the Chardonnay, the Pinot Noir and the Sauvignon Blanc.

We have also entered a recession. What to do?

Just in time for the spring fling economic collapse, Shaw’s is having a sale on all things Lindemans — $5.99! The 2007 Pinot Grigio is crisp and refreshing, medium-bodied and tasty. We’re never certain which fruit accents are detectable but we’ll go with pear.

Dr. Henry Lindeman was a London physician who traveled to Australia with his bride in the 1840s. He found the Australian rotgut so horrific that he commenced cultivating wine grapes, convinced that wine possessed “social and medicinal benefits.” Dr. Lindeman and his wife, Eliza, had 10 children. Sons and grandsons carried on the family wine business until the 1940s, when Lindemans became a publicly traded company. It also is the No. 1 Australian wine brand in the world.

So, drink up: it’s good and it’s cheap. Woo-hoo.

Nicole Ouellette

Nicole Ouellette

When Nicole isn't giving advice she's completely unqualified to give, she runs an Internet marketing company in Bar Harbor, where she lives with her husband Derrick and their short dog Gidget. She loves young adult novels, cooking and talking French to anyone who'll talk back. [email protected]