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Today's Wine Tasting Note

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Te Awa Te Awa Farm Longlands Hawkes Bay (New Zealand) Sauvignon Blanc ($11.99)
Clear, pale straw color. Citrus and gooseberry, fresh and clean. Full citric flavor, tangerines and snappy acidity. Crisp and well-balanced, a good food wine, but I don't find the intense "green chile" and the strangely attractive "boxwood" (less euphemistically known as "cat spray") that makes the top New Zealand Sauvignon Blancs stand out. Based on the reports I'm getting from New Zealand friends, this may be typical of the long, hot and dry summer that brought full ripening to Sauvignon Blanc grapes of the 1998 vintage. U.S. importer: Wine Mates LLC, Ellicott City, Md. (June 5, 1999)

FOOD MATCH: Fine with a vegetarian course of quinoa topped with red peppers, garlic shoots and Gouda cheese.

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