Marlborough, New Zealand
Sauvignon blanc may be the most versatile white grape, and it expresses itself differently depending on the terroir where it is grown. It originated in France's Bordeaux region and now is used to make impressive wines in South Africa, Chile, California and, especially, New Zealand. Among the 10 most purchased sauvignon blanc brands in the U.S., seven come from New Zealand. This sauvignon blanc comes from the Awatere Valley on New Zealand's south island. The wine was fermented in stainless steel at cool temperatures. In the glass, it offers aromas of lime zest, bell pepper and dried herbs. On the palate, taste lemon grass, kiwi, some minerality and crisp acidity. Drink it with raw oysters, sushi, seafood dishes, spicy Thai and Indian dishes, salads and vegetables. Buy it at: Dorignac's, Pearl Wine Co., Acquistapace's supermarkets and Rouses on Carrollton Avenue, Tchoupitoulas Street and other locations. Drink it at: Bacchanal Wine, Oak, St. Lawrence, The Columns Hotel, Lucy's Retired Surfers Bar & Restaurant and Three Muses Uptown.