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Granger Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2018
Western Cape, South Africa

The Divorcee (1930)
WEDNESDAY, JULY 10 @ 08:00 PM (ET)

This refreshing fruit-laced Sauvignon Blanc calls for a lively, tongue-tingling film like Norma Shearer’s pre-code star vehicle. As the wife of MGM production head Irving Thalberg, Shearer usually had her pick of roles – but she had to convince her husband to allow her to appear in this steamy tale of divorce and infidelity. Nevertheless, the film was given all the attention of a top studio production, most notably Shearer’s incredible wardrobe by costume designer Adrian.

THE WINE

Sauvignon Blanc is one of the most refreshing, tongue-tingling whites out there. This brand-new arrival (one of the first 2018s from South Africa to land in our cellars!) demonstrates deliciously. It was crafted by Sauvignon specialists Diemersdal (who win international golds for their Sauvignons) and sixth-generation winemaker Thys Louw. His top-sited Western Cape vineyards (below) yield particularly ripe grapes. Look for layers of lemon pith and inviting guava. This versatile white can be enjoyed with everything from goat cheese to fresh seafood.

THE GRAPE

Taking off in popularity in the last 20 years, Sauvignon Blanc has traveled a long way from its spiritual home in the Loire Valley. Most notably, it’s taken on new life in Marlborough, New Zealand (where it’s famous for intense, grassy/citrus characters), California (where it develops ripe, tropical-fruit notes), and also in South Africa (where it tends to split the difference between the two).

THE ESTATE

VY_Italy_Umbria_DecugnanoBarbiEstateWine has been made at Diemersdal since 1705. This well-known landmark estate is nestled in the lush Durbanville Valley, one of the Cape’s oldest wine regions. Situated on the cool slopes of the Dorstberg, with the gorgeous Table Mountain as a backdrop, Diemersdal is known for its marriage of Old World traditions and New World innovation in their winemaking.

WITH FOOD

fish_swordfish_grilledGoat cheese, with its mild tang and creamy texture, is considered the original Sauvignon Blanc pairing in France. It will be lovely with Granger Bay – try making goat cheese fritters, served with an herb and mango dipping sauce. Crisp salads of any variety, crunchy falafel, grilled veggies, and fresh seafood will also be delicious. (We love sword fish steaks.)

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