Kim Crawford and Wahoo’s almost makes me like Sauvignon Blanc

by Justin D'Olier on May 6, 2011 | (1) Comment |

I have a broad palate for alcoholic beverages, which is a pretentious way of saying I’ll drink almost anything.

Milwaukee’s Best? Yup.

Fernet Branca? Why not.

Carlo Rossi? Hand me a straw.

King Cobra? Thank you ma’am, may I have another.

Habushu (herb infused Awamori, full of pit-viper goodness)? You only live once.

But there is one beverage that I cannot wrap my arms around, no matter how hard I try, and believe me, I’ve tried. Really, really tried.  The worst part is, everyone else likes it. It would be one thing if I disliked…scotch. No one likes scotch. Men say they like scotch, but only so other men won’t call them pansies. But sadly, I have failed to develop an affinity for one of the most universally beloved, light, refreshing, easy drinking beverages on the planet.

That’s right, I hate Sauvignon Blanc. (And yet, I’ll drink snake juice. Go figure.)

My issue with the breezy, darling grape stems from one universally acknowledged trait: Sauvignon Blanc tastes like cat pee.

Despite my previously disclosed propensity for off-color beverages, I have no basis for comparison between Sauvignon Blanc and feline urine.  However, the wine has a sharp aromatic and biting acidity that bears a striking, startling resemblance to, as the French say, pipi du chat. Most people enjoy it. I feel like I need to rinse my mouth out with bleach. But, I’m a man of the people, so when Stephanie Pietsch from Wahoo’s asked me to sample the 2010 Kim Crawford Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc, I put aside my personal misgivings and offered up my mouth as the metaphorical litter box to Sauvignon Blanc.

I’m happy I did.

Kim Crawford 2010 Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc

Who knew cat pee could taste so good?

2010 Kim Crawford Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc came as close as any wine in recent memory to making me rethink my anti-Sauvignon Blanc stance. The wine has a beautiful nose that leaps out of the glass with bright citrus and herb notes. The body has the aforementioned unmistakable flavor, however, it harmonizes beautifully with juicy melon and grapefruit.  The flavors then dovetail beautifully into the crisp acidity on the finish.

The wine is refreshing and delicious on its own but would pair perfectly with the salads, vegetable and fish dishes on the Wahoo’s menu. I’m not quite ready to join  the ranks of feline micturate afficionados everywhere, but a couple glasses of Kim Crawford alongside chips and guacamole and an Outer Reef salad with grilled chicken or fish just may be perfection.

2010 Kim Crawford Marlborogh Sauvignon Blanc is available by the glass at Wahoo’s for $10 or by the bottle at fine wine merchants everywhere.

One response to “Kim Crawford and Wahoo’s almost makes me like Sauvignon Blanc”

  1. Bootleg says:

    Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand – What Bootleg drinks when he is feeling upscale/sick of box wine.