Durbanville Hills 2005 Durbanville Sauvignon Blanc ($11.99)
This is a transparent and very pale straw color wine from South Africa, bottled under screw cap. Its vivid aromas of white fruit and exuberant green chile peppers may be made in conscious emulation of the New Zealand Cloudy Bay style; flavors are consistent with the nose, herbaceous and fresh, tart acidity provides a spine beneath a mouth-coating texture; crisp citric flavors of lemon-lime and grapefruit linger in a long finish. US Importer: Brown-Forman Beverages Worldwide, Louisville. (Apr 19, 2006)

FOOD MATCH: Depending on whether your perspective is that of a pessimist or an optimist, Sauvignon Blanc in this bold, forward style either goes well with lots of dishes or doesn't go ideally with much of anything. I like it with similarly bold dishes, chicken or seafood or vegetarian dinners with attention-getting (not fiery) Asian or Mediterranean flavors. It worked well with earthy garbanzo pancakes (see the April 20, 2006 Wine Advisor FoodLetter) garnished with goat cheese and prosciutto.

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