Pies & Pups with Kim C.

We needed a getaway, so we spent the weekend at my mother-in-law’s place in West Palm Beach. It’s like a home away from home, from the spacious backyard for my pooch to the refreshing pool for me – it feels like our second home. During this visit, we stopped by our favorite local market, Carmine’s, and picked up a delicious lemon meringue pie (we weren’t even ashamed that it was just me and my husband eating it). With a crisp breeze in the air, we figured the best way to eat it was al fresco with my favorite house Sauvignon Blanc, Kim Crawford.

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My mother-in-law introduced me to Kim Crawford a few years back. The winery was launched in 1996 in a small home in Auckland, New Zealand, and quickly expanded. Only two years after launch, Kim Crawford Wines began exporting to the United States. Within four years, the company moved into a state-of-the-art winery in Marlborough and began looking at vineyards to purchase and cultivate. Today they are the #1 New Zealand wine in the United States.

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For the Sauvignon Blanc, the grapes are selected from vineyards in Marlborough’s Wairau Valley and the neighboring Awatere Valley. Fast draining, alluvial loams over gravelly subsoils in these valleys provide ideal growing conditions for their Sauvignon Blanc. The vines ranged in age, up to 14 years, bringing a mix of youthful vigor and depth of flavor. Ready for immediate enjoyment, this wine will continue to develop from one to three years.

The wine has light yellow and green hues. The aroma and tasting notes are full of citrus and tropical fruits, backed with juicy acidity. It’s such a fresh and crisp wine. You can find it at Publix for about $14 and at Costco for $11. It was the perfect drink to pair with that light and airy pie. 5/5. My pooch @BodhiDobie even got in on the action. Delizioso!

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