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by Fred McMillin
An "American" Wine?
The label says, "American Sauvignon Blanc." So where were the grapes grown?
Appellation of origin is a geographical term that tells you where the grapes were grown that were used to make the wine. If a winery puts the name of the grape on the label, the appellation of origin must also be shown.
...Dr. Marian Baldy, The University Wine Course
OK, so the appellation of origin will tell us the source of the grapes for Barefoot American Sauvignon Blanc...or will it? The answer is, NO. The USA appellation system is only 20 years old, and still has some loose ends. Australian author James Halliday's appraisal is even more blunt, including words like "inconsistent," "irrational," and "many intelligent winemakers have despaired of the system."
Now, the term "American" tells us only that the wine's grapes came from two or more states. To find out which ones, we asked the winemaker, Jennifer Wall. The Sauvignon Blanc is from the State of Washington, to which has been added some Chenin Blanc from California. The result is an unusual mix of herb and floral flavors which Jennifer calls "one of my personal favorites," a phrase she seldom uses...and you can try it for only $5.
Sauvignon Blanc, Appellation—American
Speaking of quiches, about the time the appellation system was being established, my wife and I were sitting in James Beard's New York apartment. A guest teacher made cheese tarts, and afterwards we bought her new cookbook, which we still own. She signed the book, "To Ruth and Fred, Love and quiches. Julia Child."
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