Kim Crawford 2003 Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc ($15.29)
This wine is clear and almost watery pale, a light straw color with a slight golden hue. Its aroma is loaded with that familiar Marlborough green-chile-pepper character along with ripe red grapefruit. Flavors are consistent with the nose, juicy capsicum and tart mixed-citrus fruit. A bright and snappy wine, appealing on its own and a natural companion with seafood. As is increasingly commonplace with New Zealand whites (and even a few reds) it's packaged not with traditional cork but a long-sleeved, heavy metal screw cap. US Importer: R. H. Phillips Inc., Esparto, Calif. (Oct 28, 2003)

FOOD MATCH: Perfect with a seafood dish crafted to match, fresh yellowfin tuna steak seared, then pan-roasted with the center left sushi-cool, marinated and quickly sauced with light teriyaki flavors of soy, lime, garlic and ginger.



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