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Hedy Lamarr Sauvignon Blanc 2018
Côtes de Gascogne IGP, France

Algiers (1938)
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Hedy Lamarr stars in her first Hollywood movie alongside Charles Boyer as a notorious thief living in colonial Algeria. The story had originated as the 1937 French film Pepe le Moko, which producer Walter Wanger purchased and then suppressed in the U.S. so as not to compete with his newer version. His choice of Lamarr as the thief’s mistress made for box office gold – her beauty was legendary, and Algiers was produced to take full advantage of the screen siren. Enjoy this captivating French white, a tribute to the brilliance of Hedy Lamarr.

THE WINE

Taboo-breaking performer, pioneer of wireless technology, ‘World’s Most Beautiful Woman’ – Hedy Lamarr was a 20th century icon and truly lived a life worth toasting. Crafted in her image, this elegant, limited-edition Sauvignon Blanc hails from Gascony (a southern region that offers “France’s greatest white wine value,” writes critic Robert Parker). Overflowing with lovely floral aromas and vibrant, exotic and citrus-fruit flavors, it’s a refreshing aperitif or fine partner for goat cheese, seafood, and more.

THE REGION

South of Bordeaux, France’s Gascony region conjures up three images. For swashbuckling adventurists, it’s d’Artagnan country. For gourmands, there’s the region’s famous foie gras. Most importantly, for wine lovers, it’s a new hotspot. The region’s grapes were once reserved only for Gascony’s famous Armagnac brandy. Today, they’re being used to make zingy, modern whites. The fruit retains a zippy-fresh edge, thanks to cooling sea breezes from the nearby Atlantic Ocean.

THE GRAPE

GI_grapes_rieslingClareValleySauvignon Blanc’s spiritual home is France’s Loire Valley, where it makes lively wines packed with lemon, mineral, and fresh-cut grass characteristics. You’ll find similar qualities in fine examples from southern France. Since the 1980s, Sauvignon Blanc has become the favored grape of New Zealand, where winemakers produce superintense whites with ripe, tropical-fruit flavors.

WITH FOOD

chee_goatcloseupEnjoy a well-chilled glass of this refined Sauvignon Blanc before dinner. It makes a refreshing aperitif or a delicious partner for a plate of creamy goat cheese (Sauvignon Blanc’s classic match), crackers, and crudités. You could also serve it alongside seafood dishes – seared scallops, dressed oysters, or even sushi will all be tasty matches. Bon appétit!

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