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Silver Puffs Sauvignon Blanc 2016
Lodi, California

The Shop Around the Corner (1940)
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 3 @ 12:00 PM (ET)

This refreshing Sauvignon Blanc will pair beautifully with Ernst Lubitsch’s romantic comedy classic. Starring Jimmy Stewart and Margaret Sullavan as feuding coworkers and unwitting pen pals, it tells a timeless story that has been remade several times by Hollywood. Fittingly, the lovers’ secret is revealed through the use of a red carnation – a nice parallel to the floral art of Ernest Clayton, this delicious wine’s namesake.

THE WINE

Named after a whimsical wildflower that grows in the hills of northern California, Silver Puffs is quintessential Golden State Sauvignon Blanc, delivering loads of super-ripe, tropical-fruit flavor, along with a hint of zesty herbs. Sourced from top sites in Lodi that belong to a big-name estate (who gave us a fantastic price as long as we agreed to not divulge their identity), it also shows off the beauty of the exceptional 2016 vintage. A mouthwatering aperitif or delicious partner to seafood, roasted veggies, and more.

THE GRAPE

Taking off in popularity in the last 20 years, Sauvignon Blanc has traveled a long way from its spiritual home in France’s Loire Valley. Most notably, it’s taken on new life in Marlborough, New Zealand (where it’s famous for intensely concentrated, grassy/citrus flavors) and in California (where it develops vibrant, tropical-fruit notes). It’s often favored as a crisper, more refreshing alternative to rich, oaky Chardonnays, and can offer more zippy, exhilarating character than Pinot Grigio

THE REGION

VY_California_NavarroAs Master of Wine Jancis Robinson says, “Lodi is a seriously interesting location for growing grapes.” Wine Enthusiast agrees – they named it the 2015 Region of the Year. Like Napa Valley, Lodi’s warm summer climate is tempered by occasional morning fog. While it’s better known for rich reds like Zinfandel, Lodi can also produce top Sauvignon Blanc with ripe, tropical-fruit character.

WITH FOOD

app_gougerecheesepuffsThanks to its eye-catching label – a reproduction of an early 1900s painting by American artist, Ernest Clayton – Silver Puffs is just as pretty on the table as it will be in your glass. Enjoy it as an aperitif, or with a plate of fresh seafood and roasted vegetables. It’ll also be tasty with Sauvignon Blanc’s classic match, goat cheese. Try fritters or a fig and goat cheese tart.

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