South Africa may not be the first place people think of when looking for interesting, affordable, and versatile wine to serve for the holidays, but this one fits the bill and then some. Essay is a play on the initials “S.A.” which are commonly used as shorthand for South Africa. While the name may be shorthand, the wine is made with great care. Unirrigated, old bush vine Chenin Blanc forms the base for this vibrant, flavorful dry white wine, with the addition of 13% Viognier for extra floral and spice notes. The wine exhibits lively acidity. This perfect combination of fruit, spice, and acidity make this an incredibly versatile wine, perfect on its own (kick your feet up!) or to bring along to a party to serve with a variety of appetizers or classic holiday poultry dishes.