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Wine Down and Chill is Taking a Leap

Do you have any theme suggestions for our wine down and chill column? We understand that you’re busy; you want to learn about wine then get down to drinking it! Got it. We’ll continue to offer affordable suggestions for music, wine, dinner and movies with a different wine down and chill theme each week. You can also follow me on Instagram for wine art and photography @WineDownAndChill. We’re here to help you sit back, wine down and chill. If you missed an article, fret not! You can find every article here.

Theme: leap year

Given that the magic of a 29-days long February happens only slightly more often than unicorn sightings, it made sense to take advantage of it. Here we go. We’re taking a leap for today’s wine down and chill theme.

Listen: make the leap

The Boss remains one of my favorite musicians of all time. His passion, grit and his indefatigable commitment to his craft serve as inspiration that cuts across all industries and boundaries. Have a listen to Leap of Faith here or find inspiration in this “leap” playlist. Beyond today’s wine down and chill theme, ICYMI Bruce Springsteen released five albums on vinyl earlier this week.

Learn: Sauvignon Blanc

This green-skinned grape hails from the Bordeaux and Loire Valley regions of France. Shocking, I know. All great wines have their origins there! Centuries ago, this grape was indigenous to South West France, an area at that time considered to be anything but civilized. Additionally, the grape imparts green and herbal flavor notes. Hence the origin of its name, “sauvage,” which is French for wild or savage. Loosely translated, Sauvignon Blanc is known as a “wild white.”

Source: Wine Folly

As the grapes ripen, the flavors become sweeter and less tart as shown in the accompanying image by Wine Folly. However, Sauvignon Blanc is a dry white wine, not at all sweet like Rieslings or other varietals. It is characterized by its “grassy” and acidic profile with low amounts of sugar. The result is a refreshing and crisp wine.

New Zealand brought the grape to prominence in the 1980s given its similar terroir and weather patterns to France. Setting an average price point of around $10 per bottle on its exported wines certainly helped garner a fan base for the varietal. Today, Sauvignon Blanc is one of the most recognized and popular varietals in the world.

Wine: Stag’s Leap Aveta Sauvignon Blanc 2017

For those of you that regularly read my wine down and chill column, first, thank you! Second, you know that I have a thing for Cabernet Sauvignon. Stag’s Leap produces one of my favorite Cabs. As a winery, they’ve been perfecting their craft for 125 years so they’ve pretty much got wine-making figured out.

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Stag’s Leap Sauvignon Blanc as today’s wine down and chill suggestion

Today, we’re making the leap from Cabernet Sauvignon to Sauvignon Blanc. See how I did that? Clever, right? A big leap, indeed.

What makes their Sauvignon Blanc interesting is that, at $25 per bottle for their 2017 vintage and $32 for their 2018 vintage, it’s about half the price of their Cab. Thus making it accessible to a broader wine down and chill audience. Distinct notes of citrus (lemon in particular) and a soft whiff of florals plus lemongrass combined with acidity of the wine lend a freshness and crispness that seemed essential here at the tail end of the February blahs. Spring is coming! And so is summer…   

Dine: take a leap of faith

My friends and family would argue that “taking a leap of faith” is what they do every time that they step into my kitchen. That said, the pounds that the members of my household have packed on over the last few years would suggest otherwise, but we’ll leave it at that. Kimchi and cheese is today’s leap of faith combo. Mixing vegetables, pasta, rice, noodles or whatever with this unexpected pairing will ensure that it becomes a meal selection on regular rotation for you.

It’s not much of a stretch to think about how magically delicious that cobmination becomes when it’s combined with french fries. Because, of course, french fries on their own are already amazing. If you’re salivating at the thought of this wine down and chill suggestion, head to Obao in NYC to order it. Mmmmm.

Watch: Leap Year

Movie titles don’t often align directly with our weekly wine down and chill theme. This week, the Irish-American 2010 romcom, Leap Year, is a perfect fit. The plot is centered on the Irish tradition of “Bachelor’s Day” where any man proposed to on February 29th must accept the proposal.

Amy Adams plays a successful real estate broker who is frustrated by her boyfriend’s (Adam Scott) dismissal of the idea of marriage, despite dating for more than four years. Did you catch the leap there from Amy Adams to Adam Scott? Of course you did. And, like all romcoms, an additional cast member (Matthew Goode) is thrown into the mix to create a good ol’ love triangle.

It’s the weekend. Time to wine down and chill. Cheers!

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