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La Nuit Blanche Cabernet Blanc 2016
Vin de France

A Shot in the Dark (1964)
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 30 @ 06:15 PM (ET)

Although it’s the second film in the famed Pink Panther series, this Blake Edwards comedy is where the iconic character, Inspector Clouseau, really blossoms. As played by Peter Sellers, the bumbling French inspector is newly front-and-center here in a murder mystery full of trademark hijinks. Enjoy it with this exciting new wine variety from a French father-son team, full of ripe peach, apricot, melon and citrus flavors.

THE WINE

We’re always on the lookout for exciting new wines, and this stunning Cabernet Blanc (you read that right!) seriously delivers. If you’ve yet to try this extremely rare white grape, La Nuit Blanche will be your perfect introduction. It hails from father-son team François and Vincent Pugibet and their century-old domaine in the heart of southern France. Sporting a gold medal from France’s competitive Challenge International du Vin, it shows a pale gold color in the glass. Look for ripe peach, melon and floral aromas, leading to a fresh, finely structured palate. It makes a lovely aperitif or a tasty partner for seafood, salads and more.

THE VINEYARD

François and Vincent’s tiny, ideally sited estate vineyard boasts the only Cabernet Blanc vines in all of France. These precious plants bask in intense sunshine all day, while cooling Mediterranean breezes keep the grapes from overripening. To lock in even more freshness, the Pugibets chose to harvest in the cool of night – inspiring the name La Nuit Blanche (‘The White Night’)

THE GRAPE

grapeSwiss grape breeder Valentin Blattner bred Cabernet Blanc in 1991 from Cabernet Sauvignon and an unknown German grape. Like its famous red parent, Cabernet Blanc is a hardy variety that produces thick-skinned, late-ripening grapes. It yields crisp, orchard-fruited whites that should not be confused with California’s sweet ‘white Cabernet,’ which is rosé made from Cabernet Sauvignon.

WITH FOOD

sal_lentilsaladAlma Andina is uplifting on its own and also great with Latin food – especially if seafood is involved. Steve’s favorite match is a mouthwatering ceviche. Need a vegetarian option? Torrontés has a wonderfully crisp quality, which means it will go nicely with all manner of vegetable dishes. We tried (and loved) black bean dip with queso fresco.

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