Monday, August 10, 2009

Patio Pounder: Fire Road 2008 Sauvignon Blanc

Marlborough, Wine of New Zealand

It's been a mild summer here in Ohio. Until yesterday, when it hit the 90's. Of course, yesterday was our softball tournament and we ended up playing three games. It's a good thing that I coach and kept mostly in the shade. It's part of being a good coach. I stink, so DH for me.

We finished the game, and went to Coach's Bar & Grille and grabbed some Bud Lites to get rehydrated. Got home late, 9:30 on a work night, scandalous! Woke up this morning and drug my tired butt into into work. Now it's raining and muggy. Fortunately, my patio is covered. Time for a some a reasonably priced white wine while I mull over yesterday's bad umpiring. That ball was fair!

Label stuff: Marlborough's worst ever fire, (I blame the guy on the horse who is always smoking. The guy is smoking, not the horse.), Boxing Day 2000 (New Zealand's version of Wrestlemania), burnt 6000 ha, (Pretend that a hectare is a couch. That's what we burn after beating Michigan.) for over three days, killed thousands of stock and threatened the wine town of Blenheim, as well as a number of vineyards and wineries.

Disaster was avoided by the brave residents, of what is now known as Fireroad (I was wondering when this tale would become relevant to the wine), who battled the blaze, by using buckets and hand held hoses and were eventually assisted by a fortunate wind shift.

The Fireroad vineyards flourish in the same hot and dry climate that was the catalyst for such a mighty blaze. This Sauvignon Blanc is typical Marlborough with flavours of gooseberry, passion fruit, and honeysuckle. (Yeah, I don't know what any of those three taste like.) An ideal wine with fresh seafood or white meat.

Cost: $9.99
Grade: C+
Cost Adjusted Grade: B

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