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Buena Vista ‘Stone Caves’ Sauvignon Blanc 2016
‘Soda Bay Vineyard,’ Lake County, California

Tarzan, the Ape Man (1932)
TUESDAY, MAY 8 @ 08:00 PM (ET)

Now a classic work of literature, this story’s exotic premise has been entertaining audiences for generations. MGM’s pre-code version stars Johnny Weissmuller (Olympic gold medalist for swimming) as the title character and Maureen O’Sullivan as Jane. Enjoy it with this California Sauvignon Blanc, whose tropical flavors give it lively personality. It’s an adventure for your taste buds.

THE WINE

Founded in 1857 by the characterful Count of Buena Vista, Agoston Haraszthy de Mokesa, Buena Vista is California’s first premium winery. Here’s their vibrant ‘Stone Caves’ Sauvignon Blanc, crafted with grapes grown in the prime-sited Soda Bay Vineyard (see below for what makes this spot so special). It strikes the perfect balance between intensely ripe fruit flavor (like the New Zealand style) and a fresh, perfumed elegance (a lá France). With ripe, round tropical- and citrus-fruit flavors, it makes a refreshing aperitif.

THE ESTATE

While the Count was planting his vineyards at Buena Vista Ranch, he and his team excavated huge caves for aging and storing wine – said to run from Carneros to Napa! The estate flourished at first, but then declined after Prohibition, until its new owners, the Bartholomew family, rediscovered its heritage. Today, it thrives as part of the acclaimed Boisset Family Estates. Burgundyborn proprietor Jean-Charles is pictured below. Just like the Count, he’s quite a lively personality!

THE VINEYARD

WM_JeanCharlesBoissetThe Soda Bay Vineyard lies in Lake County, a premium region just north of Napa. The vines grow on the slopes of Mt. Konocti, an active volcano. Heat from the volcano rises through thermal vents to create magma bubbles on the surface of the small Soda Bay (for which the vineyard is named). The cooling lake breezes, high altitude, and volcanic soils all conspire to create ripe, fresh, and refined whites.

WITH FOOD

chee_goatcloseupWith its attractive aromas and vibrant, fruit-filled palate, this stunning Sauvignon Blanc will be a treat all on its own. You could also sip it with a plate of creamy goat cheese, Sauvignon’s classic match. At meal time, it’s a tasty partner for seafood (we like sushi or gingerglazed mahi-mahi). Not a fish fan? Roasted chicken or pork works well too.

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