In northwestern France, the Loire Valley is known for its palatial chateaus, charming villages, gardens, orchards and vineyards. It also is the motherland of sauvignon blanc grapes, which have adapted to wine regions around the globe. Situated in the Loire Valley 140 miles from the Atlantic Ocean, the Touraine District is home to Paul Buisse vineyards, the best parts of which have free-draining soils with tuffeau, a calcareous limestone rock. Following harvest, the wine was vinified on its lees in stainless steel tanks. In the glass, it offers aromas of herbs, green apple, citrus and a hint of white pepper. On the palate, taste nuances of white peach, grapefruit, minerality and lively acidity. Loire Valley sauvignon blancs are among the most versatile, food-friendly white wines. Drink it with hors d'oeuvres, salads, gazpacho, vichyssoise, asparagus with hollandaise, raw oysters with mignonette sauce, marinated crab claws, grilled fish, chicken, light meats and soft cheeses such as chevre. Buy it at: Vieux Carre Wine & Spirits, Bin 428 and Cost Plus World Market. Drink it at: Tujague's.