Fact: New Zealand is known for producing Sauvignon Blanc that is full of bright fruit flavors reminiscent of grapefruit, gooseberry and passion fruit. Aromas of the latter dominate this wine almost to the exclusion of anything else. That’s not a bad thing at all. It’s so fragrant that it draws you back continually for more. On the tongue, bright citrus acidity and melon flavors mingle, leading to a clean finish. $13 a bottle.
Feeling: This is summertime in a glass, which is fine with me as our evenings flirt with autumn. On a recent rainy night, this wine was crisp and lively, an escape from what surrounded us. Pair it with pumpkin bisque or seafood with a cream sauce for a pleasant contrast. Or match it with a goat cheese salad with peppery arugula and fresh figs, and watch the wine provide the missing link to what could become a perfect opening course or light dinner.