April 2008

Wine Talk: A Taste for Sauvignon Blanc

Author: Krissy Cantelupe

What happens when four guys who love food and wine and who have a special affinity for Sauvignon Blanc get together? In 2003, a new winery was formed called Sauvignon Republic. Founded by John Ash, Paul Dolan, Tom Meyer, and John Buchsenstein, the winery focuses on making Sauvignon Blanc from all over the world, with each bottle labeled with a feature from each distinct area:

The Russian River Sauvignon Blanc, (Sonoma-California) has a classic pale-straw color and flavors of tropical fruit such as pineapple, grapefruit and light mango. The wine also has rich acidity paired with a long finish. The wine is a perfect match with almost any food, but herbs such as dill, basil, mint, and cilantro can make your meal complete.

*The Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc *(New Zealand) has some of the pineapple and tropical fruits typical of Sauvignon Blanc, but also has flavors of citrus-lemon and lime, as well as bright minerality. The wine should be paired with fish or shellfish as well as poultry, but can be a good match for hot, spicy food. Also anything prepared with capers, green olives, sour cream, goat cheeses as well as fresh-squeezed lemon pairs well.

The Stellenbosch Sauvignon Blanc (South Africa) seems to be quite complex. It starts off with luscious mango and passion fruit with a light hint of melon, but then proceeds to heady lemon and lime and finishes with nice minerality. The wine should be served with chile-rubbed spicy foods as well as raw shellfish, oysters, shrimp, crab claws. The eye-catching label features the South African Secretary Bird, native only in Africa, south of the Sahara, also featured on the Sudan and South Africa coat of arms.

The future of Sauvignon Republic is the continued search for the finest Sauvignon Blanc throughout the world. The next areas of winemaking will be a French Sancerre, a Monterey Sauvignon Blanc and one from the Colio region of Italy. All of the wines are meant to be served right away, and with the Stelvin closure (screw-cap), the wine will stay fresh and bright for quite some time.

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