Here's an interesting Sauvignon Blanc from the beautiful Stellenbosch wine region of South Africa and Warwick Estate, which dates to 1770. It's named for professor Malcolm "Blackie" Black, horticulturist at the University of Stellenbosch. Ripe and lush, the 2003 is the opposite of, say, high-strung Sauvignon Blanc from the Loire Valley. This one has a scent of the tropical and a taste of green apple. Green-gold in color, it's crisp and deceptively dry on the finish, which makes you want to take another sip. And another.
S. Irene Virbila
Region: Stellenbosch, South Africa
Price: About $14
Style: Ripe and lush with a crisp, dry finish
Food it goes with: Oysters on the half shell, goat cheese, salads, grilled shrimp and fish
Where you find it: Southern Hemisphere Wine Center in Huntington Beach, (800) 504-9463; www.southernwines.com; Wine House in Los Angeles, (310) 479-3731