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Wine review: Dog Point Sauvignon Blanc 2013, New Zealand

Sauvignon blanc
Food Pairing
Grilled, citrus-marinated shellfish

The name pays homage to shepherds' canines that once roamed this district of Marlborough, N.Z., herding sheep before proper fences could be erected. You'll still find a gentle dog or two on the property if you visit, but they're kept around for company, not work. Animals aside, it's one of the best grape-growing properties in New Zealand. The 2013 sauvignon blanc is top class, with a subtler profile compared with most of its Kiwi kin. Light-bodied and crisp, it plays a mind game – silky first, then zesty, then silky again. All the way through you may detect a note of flintiness along with the herb-garden and citrus-orchard characters. Classy fare for grilled, citrus-marinated shellfish; $28.99 in B.C., various prices in Alberta, $27.35 in Quebec, $29.79 in Nova Scotia, $29.95 in Newfoundland.

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Beppi Crosariol writes about wine and spirits in the Globe Life and Style sections.He has been The Globe's wine and spirits columnist for more than 10 years. In the late 1990s, he also wrote a food trends column called The Biting Edge.Beppi used to cover business law for ROB and previously edited the paper's weekly technology section. More


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