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13 Celsius Sauvignon Blanc

Marlborough, New Zealand

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Retail $12-$13

The name 13 Celsius denotes the proper serving temperature (56 degrees Fahrenheit) for this wine, and the high-tech label changes color when the wine in the bottle reaches it. The wine comes from New Zealand's Marlborough region, located on the northeast corner of the South Island. The country's early sauvignon blanc plantings grew up to impress the wine world in the 1970s and were different from the distinctive sauvignon blancs from California and France's Loire Valley and Bordeaux region. From the first sip to the long finish, this bottling has New Zealand sauvignon blanc's distinctive bright fruit quality and the structure and body provided by the grapes' acidity. The crisp, zesty wine exudes flavors of grapefruit, nectarine, an undertone of minerality and a hint of bell pepper. Drink it with seafood and spicy cuisines such as Thai food or as a stand-alone refresher. Buy it at: Langenstein's in Metairie, Breaux Mart on Magazine Street, Red Zone, The Wine Market in Slidell and most Rouses.

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