Category Archives: Sauvignon Blanc

TASTING: Wente Vineyards, Wine and Music

On Thursday, August 1st, Karl Wente hosted an interesting Wine and Music tasting, with his friend Shannon Koehler. Besides being a fifth-generation winemaker, Karl is an avid musician. Karl started on saxophone, gravitated to electric guitar, and plays acoustic guitar … Continue reading

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HIGHLY RECOMMENDED: Two from Veramonte, Casablanca Valley, Chile. Ritual 2010 Pinot Noir, Ritual 2011 Sauvignon Blanc. $19.99 SRP.

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED: Ritual 2010 Pinot Noir, Casablanca Valley, Veramonte, Chile. 14.0% ABV. $19.99 SRP APPEARANCE: Clear garnet. NOSE: Deep, dark, dusky fruits. Black cherry, plum, sewing machine dust. Just a beautiful nose and I wanted to sniff and sniff. TASTE: … Continue reading

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RECOMMENDED: Two from Murrieta’s Well. The Whip, 2011 white blend; The Spur, 2009 red blend. Around $15.

The Murrieta’s Well winery name is based on Old West history: Joaquin Murrieta, a.k.a. “Zorro,” would steal horses from northern California and run them down into Sonoma or Mexico, watering them from the artesian well on the property en route. … Continue reading

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RECOMMENDED: Wente Vineyards Estate Grown, 2010 “Louis Mel” Sauvignon Blanc, Livermore Valley. 13% ABV. $11.99, available for as little as $8.43 online.

APPEARANCE: Very pale golden, clear. NOSE: Pear, melon, green apple, honey, a little lemon bar. TASTE/MOUTHFEEL: A paradox: A biting mineral first impression, yet a kindler gentler Sauvignon very quickly. No asparagus, grass, or cat pee to this one! Only … Continue reading

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WINE TASTING. Two strong recommendations, lots of education.

On November 19, we attended a wine tasting hosted by Cuvée, Ocala’s wine bar and bistro (HIGHLY RECOMMENDED). The wines were presented by Tom Tiley, wine consultant with Coastal Wine & Spirits. Tom’s background includes 15 years as a Level … Continue reading

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HIGHLY RECOMMENDED: Kendall-Jackson Vintner’s Reserve “Summation,” White Wine Blend (33% Sauvignon Blanc, 27% Viognier, 15% Chardonnay, 9% Semillon, 6% Roussanne, 6% Pinot Blanc, 2% White Riesling, 2% Muscat Canelli), California, 2009. 13.5% ABV. $11.99, available for $9.99.

Sometimes my love and I surprise each other with a new wine and the “Guess!” game. The winner gets one of his or her wishes granted. When I first sniffed this beauty, I confidently said, “Chardonnay.” But as soon as … Continue reading

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STRONGLY RECOMMENDED: Whitehaven Sauvignon Blanc, 2009. Marlborough, New Zealand. Alcohol 13%. Usually priced at $15.99-17.99, but available for as little as $12.99.

I’ve never had a bad Sauvignon Blanc from the Marlborough region of New Zealand. However, if you want a SPECTACULAR one, then Whitehaven is an excellent go-to. The first sip was slightly effervescent and gently exploded in my mouth with … Continue reading

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