SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS)— The 2011 Trione Sauvignon Blanc from the Russian River Valley is one of two delicious wines perfect for spring and summer drinking with its crisp, flinty bouquet.

It’s full of citrus aroma with a fresh herbal back note. You’ll notice those herbal notes stand out as the citrus notes linger on the palate. I’d recommend pairing it with crab, sautéed sole or chicken. To be honest, it’s kind of hard to put the glass down once you take a sip because it’s so delicious and seductive. It’s crisp mineral finish would be perfect with oysters. The cost is only $23.

Another good wine for the season is the 2009 Dry Creek Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon. It has a deep, rich garnet color with a combination of cherry and herb aromas.

There’s plenty of tannin and at 13.5 percent it’s not too much of alcohol content, making for a nice balance on the palate. With the tannin so rich, I’d save it for a rare piece of red meat or barbecue. However, aging it for a few years would also be well worth it. At $25, I think it’s a very nice price.

Narsai David is the KCBS Food and Wine Editor. He has been a successful restaurateur, chef, TV host, and columnist in the Bay Area spanning four decades. You can hear him Saturdays at 10:53am, 12:53pm and 4:53pm, and at 2:53am Sunday on KCBS All News 740AM and 106.9FM.

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