by Fred McMillin
for April 29, 1997
Prologue: "It is the presence of tiny amounts of methoxypyrazines that give Sauvignon Blanc...its grassy character. If methoxypyrazines are reduced in grape growing, flavors of grapefruit, pineapple, melon and fig emerge. This is done by removing the leaves next to the fruit, exposing the grapes to more sunlight"...by Dr. Marian Baldy in "The University Wine Course"
The Rest of the Story: Proprietor Ed Wallo knows how to take care of those offensive 'pyrazines. In fact, he's even won "Best Sauvignon Blanc In the State" at the California State Fair. So try his '95 Blanc...all grapefruit and fig...the grass is gone.
1995 Sauvignon Blanc, Mendocino County
Postscript: How popular is Sauvignon Blanc? Well, the hottest varietal right now is Merlot. Yet, in 1996 supermarket sales, Sauvignon Blanc had the same share of sales as Merlot!
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