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13 Celsius Sauvignon Blanc, New Zealand
Cost: $16-18
S auvignon blanc has become New Zealand’s flagship wine only a few decades after the first vines were planted.
Marlborough is the best known area for sauvignon blanc, on the northern tip of the southern island. The first vines were planted there in 1973, and by the early 1990s producers were having a difficult time keeping up with demand from all over the world.
This wine from 13 Celsius is a typical New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc, with vibrant citrus aromas, tropical fruit and grapefruit flavors and a crisp minerality. It is everything you could want in a New World Sauvignon Blanc.
13 Celsius Sauvignon Blanc
13 Celsius Sauvignon Blanc

The name comes from the ideal temperature at which to serve the wine, as well as the temperature at which it is fermented. That’s 55 degrees Fahrenheit, or about the temperature of many wine cellars.
When you chill the wine, one way to tell when it is ready to drink is the back label changes from grey to blue. Like most New Zealand wines, the bottle comes with a screw cap.
Marlborough has become know for great sauvignon blanc because free-draining stony soils from an ancient river bed are ideal for growing grape vines.
Winemaker James Foster gets his grapes from several vineyards across Marlborough, 55 percent from the Wairau Valley and 45 percent from the Awatere Valley. The cooler, drier Awatere climate contributed fruit with citrus and grassy, herbaceous characters while the fertile soils of the inland Rapaura area produced fruit with riper, more tropical, passion fruit aromas and flavors.
The grapes were picked with state-of-the-art machine harvesters that separate out any non-grape material. A gentle bladder press technique and minimal skin contact reduces bitterness. The best grapes were fermented in small format stainless steel tanks over 15 days. Cool fermenting results in crisp, fresh flavors with intense varietal characteristics.
Additionally, a porition of the wine is aged on the lees to lift the mid-palate and preserve the elegant structure. Before bottling, the final blend received minimal filtration.
The result is a beautiful, refreshing wine, perfect for sipping in warmer weather or to accompany a fancy meal.
Winery: Part of The Wine Group, 13 Celsius features the skills of winemaker James Foster. For the past 15 years Foster has made wine all over the world, though he says nothing has captured his enthusiasm like Marlborough.
His love of the land began as a child on the family farm in Eufaula, Alabama. That morphed into love of wine as he spent many summers as a “cellar rat” in various wineries. During those summers he learned about all aspects of a winery, from vine to bottle.
After graduating with a degree in Enology from Fresno State University he joined The Wine Group on such projects as FlipFlop and Save Me Sanfrancisco. He has learned how to partner with growers to create wines representative of their region and variety.
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Winemaker James Foster’s love for the land began as a child growing up on the family farm, the historic Roseland Plantation in Eufaula, Alabama. As a teenager, his love for the land spread to the vine: spending many summers as a “cellar rat” in various wineries, James had a full vineyard-to-bottle view of winemaking. Inspired to learn more, he studied Enology at Fresno State University, then honed his winemaking skills over the last 13 years at The Wine Group. Along the way, he has partnered with grower-winemakers from around the globe on a portfolio of varietally and regionally expressive, exceptional wines at all price points.
“The relationships I have with growers in Marlborough were vital in selecting quality fruit to produce 13 Celsius,” said Foster. “We sourced this sauvignon blanc from two sub regions (appellations) within this winegrowing region: Awatere Valley and Wairau Valley. And though these regions are adjacent, the climate and terroir vary greatly, contributing to the complex character of this wine. I love New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc, and am excited to offer a classic style wine with crisp acidity and fruit-forward citrus notes.”
The Wine Group started as a part of Coca-Cola Bottling of New York. Then in 1981 the management team used a leveraged buy-out to take over the wine business. By 1984 it was a privately held company. Itis the world’s third-largest wine producer by volume. HQ in Livermore, CA.
The Wine Group that has such brands as Almaden, Big House, Concannon, Corbett Canyon, Cupcake, FlipFlop, Franzia and Trapiche.
13 Celsius is a good match for fried shrimp with french fries.
13 Celsius is a good match for fried shrimp with french fries.

Goes with: We had this with a tasty meal of fried shrimp, french fries and a tossed salad. Some people might say all that fried food isn’t so healthy, but we don’t do it that often, and it really was delicious.
The wine was a great counterpoint to the fried shrimp and potatoes. It was crisp, clear and palate cleansing.
You could also serve 13 Celsius with sauteed sea bass with lemongrass, grilled Ahi tuna with watercress salad, a classic shrimp cocktail with a fresh avocado, seared scallops or goat cheese and fresh herb crostini.
Here is a recipe for the goat cheese crostini:
1 traditional French baguette
16 oz. goat cheese, brought to room temperature
¼ oz. fresh thyme, stems removed
¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
Directions:
Slice the baguette on a slight bias into 32 even slices. Brush one side with olive oil and bake at 350 degrees until golden brown. Spread ½ oz. goat cheese on top of the side brushed with olive oil, and finish with a sprinkling of fresh thyme.

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