Today’s wine comes from the organic and biodynamic vineyard, Quivira in Sonoma County. Known for their award-winning Zinfandels and Sauvignon Blancs, they also grow many Rhone varietals like Syrah, Grenache and Mourvedre. Today’s wine is their 2009 Refuge Sauvignon Blanc. This wine differs from their popular Fig Tree Sauvignon Blanc in that it was grown near Wine Creek with refuge from the elements and near the returning Coho salmon each year. Recently, the salmon came in record numbers.
The Refuge Sauvignon Blanc is a stand out. In a county that is known for its big, bold reds, this white holds its own. This is a layered wine with notes of pineapple, starfruit and lemon on the nose. It is both effervescent and smooth with a long finish. It is delicious. Like most Sauvignon Blancs, this will pair splendidly with spicy Asian, Indian or even Mexican dishes. And it would be delightful with a salad or vegetable dishes like zucchini or artichokes. As always, it would be great with those tart and sharp cheese plates. This might even complement a fruity dessert! It’s your choice.
A visit to Quivira is a must-do next time you’re in Sonoma County. This is a small artisan and working farm that honors the land with its gentle practices. Visit the chickens and their luxurious “coop”, the estate gardens, have picnic on the patio or simply enjoy a tasting. With just under 100 acres of vines, it is easy to see and taste the care that is put into each glass of Quivira wine. Enjoy!