Ran into Chris Steltzner at the gym on Monday morning, and she described one weapon for the searing heat of the past few days in California, no matter, it seemed, where you were.
The owner of Steltzner Vineyards in the Stags Leap District of Napa Valley told me about sitting out at her pool on Sunday evening, with a tumbler of ice filled with maybe a half bottle of Steltzner Sauvignon Blanc.
You get the picture. It’s that hot -- topping 100 degrees.
Here are two other Sauvignons I’d like to share with you.
“No” means “No,” a 2005 Lake County Sauvignon Blanc whose owners have it right. The $10 wine, of which 7,000 cases were made, comes in a twist-off and has no oak aging, no malolactic and no attitude. No kidding. Crisp, vibrant, with lovely Sauvignon fruit. Perfect heat-wave, global-warming defense mechanism.
“Two Wives” should be a best seller where dual spouses are legal (just kidding), though it isn’t made by a vintner with two brides, but rather by two wives of vintners.
Christine Madrigal and Elizabeth Naylor have made a wonderfully lively, refreshing 2005 from Napa Valley ($15) that also comes topped with a twisty.
Portions of their proceeds go to breast cancer research.
I’m headed to the refrigerator right now for one of their wines ...
It’s that hot ...
George Pallas — Arcadia, Ca — July 18, 2006 1:19pm ET
James Laube — Napa, CA — July 18, 2006 1:31pm ET
Michael Sautkulis — Norwalk CT — July 18, 2006 4:00pm ET
Apj Powers — Dallas, TX — July 21, 2006 1:37am ET
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