Sauvignon Blanc Day

by Nannette Eaton on April 24, 2015

The marketers and the social media have declared today #SauvBlanc day, and who are we, Wine Harlots, professional drinkers extraordinaire, to argue? Any day with a glass of wine in hand is a good day, in our opinion.

sauvignon blancSauvignon blanc originated in France, but has packed it’s bags and traveled the world over to take up residence in every wine country in the world. But no one in the world has embraced sauvignon blanc like New Zealand. Three out of every four bottles produced in New Zealand is sauvignon blanc, so claiming it to be the flagship wine of New Zealand isn’t hyperbole. The New Zealand sauvignon blanc’s have a signature brightness, acidity and vivid citrus and tropical fruit notes with herbaceous undertones. Jancis Robinson famously declared the wine “cat pee on a gooseberry bush” but in the best way possible, of course.

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Three sauvignon blancs that have crossed the transom and passed muster this spring are the Nobilo Regional Collection Sauvignon Blanc ($13), the Nobilo Icon Sauvignon Blanc ($22), and the Mt. Beautiful Sauvignon Blanc ($16).

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The crispness of the sauvignon blanc makes it a great wine for summer, patios parties and barbecues. Sauvignon blanc has an infinity for white fish and shellfish.Try pairing it with Alder Smoked Scallops with Citrus and Garlic Butter Sauce. Our friends at Vindulge concur with our fish and seafood paring suggestion, and have created an Ahi Tuna Ceviche to celebrate sauvignon blanc. And what to listen to while you savor sauvignon blanc? Today the music match is Yellow Flicker Beat from New Zealand native Lorde.

mt beautiful north canterbury sauvignon blanc new zealandAnd there is more to New Zealand wine than simply stellar sauvignon blanc. If you happen to be in San Francisco this weekend, you may want to attend the New Zealand Winegrowers tasting at the Farallon Restaurant on Saturday, April 25, 2015. The tickets are $50 per person. Please stop by and say “hi” to Nannette from Wine Harlots, who will be pouring the sauvignon blanc for Mt. Beautiful, plus their pinot gris, pinot noir and riesling.

Photo credit: EatonAlive ©2015

Disclosure: The wines mentioned were provided as samples for media consideration, and were evaluated based solely editorial merit (i.e. no compensation was provided for inclusion in this article or publication.) The work pouring for Mt. Beautiful at the tasting event is a paid gig.


Talbott Vineyards Club Members Party 2015

by Nannette Eaton on April 19, 2015

What do the Wine Harlots do when we are “off-duty?” You’re not surprised that it involves wine. Our friend, Brix Chick Liza, is a member of the Talbott Vineyards wine club and invited us to join her at the annual club member pick up party, so we piled in the Brix Chicks hoopty and rolled down Highway 1 to the Santa Lucia Highlands. Besides the stellar Talbott wines, the event was catered by Grillworks and the musical entertainment was Country Cougars. Here’s a few images of the event — and no! — we did not test our skill at mechanical bull-riding!

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Photo credit: EatonAlive ©2015


Compound Interest :: The Chemistry Of Series

by Nannette Eaton on April 16, 2015

Love, love, love these infographics from Compound Interest. Of course, I’m enchanted by the alcohol series, with the Champagne, red wine, beer and whiskey being favorites. You can even order them in poster size, to slake your thirst for science.
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Infographics courtesy of Compound Interest ©2015


Quote of the Day

by Nannette Eaton on March 9, 2015

“Wine brings to light the hidden secrets of the soul.” — Horace



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6 façons de dire “je t’aime”
6 Ways to Say “I Love You”

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Guys, you think you have romantic game? You may have to step it up several notches after viewing these series of video love-notes. 6 façons de dire “je t’aime” (6 Ways to Say “I Love You”) is a media campaign promoting the products of France’s Southwest region to their trade partners in China. The video […]

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Oregon Advent: Day 18
Union Wine Co.
Underwood Pinot in a Can

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Oregon Advent: Day 17
Remy Wines Lagrein 2011

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Oregon Advent: Day 16
Mouton Noir Oregogne (Rogue)
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“I want to create my wine, my art, my life on my own terms. And part of those terms is that I don’t see wine as a status symbol, or some type of an exclusive club. I see wine as art, geography, history. A condiment to life. My mission is to make wine more accessible […]

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Oregon Advent: Day 15
Cowhorn Spiral 36 2013

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“It is our inward journey that leads us through time – forward or back, seldom in a straight line, most often spiraling. Each of us is moving, changing, with respect to others. As we discover, we remember; remembering, we discover; and most intensely do we experience this when our separate journeys converge. Our living experience […]

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