Wednesday, May 03, 2006

"Hoobie" - Couvillion Sauvignon Blanc

“Hoobie” is the name of a truly unique Sauvignon Blanc from Jill Noble's Couvillion Winery. The grapes in this blend -- 76% Sauvignon Blanc, 24% Semillon -- come from Sagemoor Vineyard in the Columbia Valley region. Like the weather these grapes were grown in, this wine is meant for lazy and warm summer days and cool summer nights. The Semillon adds balance and complexity, and the result is a wine that expresses pear, pineapple, kiwi, and citrus aromas with a hint of floral notes. I also enjoyed the crisp, fresh, bright finish. It would be ideally paired with white cheddar cheese, grilled fish, sweet and spicy Thai entrees, or even with a fresh fruit dessert. It's pretty tasty on its own, too.

Fewer than 100 cases of this delicious, unusually named wine were produced. Hoobie was the nickname of a family friend; he "taught us the meaning of true friendship and the importance of a good belly laugh," describes Jill on her wine's label. She told me Hoobie was the kind of guy who loved serenading his friends with a harmonica around a campfire -- a man of companionship, of soul, of art (he was a terrific black and white photographer and graphic artist), of the natural elements. Jill put all of those things into this wine, so you'll want to look out for "Hoobie" right now. Retail is $18.00.

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