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2008 Arona Sauvignon Blanc 

Marlborough, New Zealand / $12-$15 Retail

Marlborough, on the northeastern corner of New Zealand's south island, is one of the best places on the planet to grow Sauvignon Blanc vines — producing intensely flavored, expressive, varietally correct wines. This bright, clean, crisp wine offers aromas of grapefruit, passion fruit, peach and nectarine. Refreshing flavors of tropical and stone fruits persist on the palate, with green apple, lime, pepper, some grassy notes and a delightful minerality on the acid-balanced finish. Pair it with artichokes, asparagus, salads and Asian cuisines. Buy it at: Swirl Wines, Sidney's Wine Cellar and Dorignac's. Drink it at: Cafe Minh and Jacques-Imo's. — Brenda Maitland

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