There’s no mistaking the pungency and immediacy of Sauvignon Blanc. With its bold, direct flavors, generally unimpeded by oak, the variety—especially as expressed in New Zealand—has claimed legions of fans over the past 20 years. Now, American sales of New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc are booming, up by double digits in each of the past three years, compared to modest single-digit growth in overall wine consumption.
Kysela Père et Fils, based in Winchester, Virginia, is owned by Fran Kysela, MS, one of the few master sommeliers to own an importing company. Established in 1994, it now covers all 50 states and sells almost 470,000 cases of wine, beer, spirits and saké annually, grossing more than $32 million. With more than 200 suppliers in 13 countries, Kysela’s operation is truly international in scope. In recent years, Kysela has selected small lots of wines to bottle under his own Rubus brand.
I had planned out my visits to start with the tasting room that opened the earliest (at that time it was Grgich Hills, at 9:30 am) and end at the place that stayed open the latest (I think it was Beringer). Making appointments (or trying to make them—one infamous Dry Creek Valley personality shot me down rather perfunctorily) and driving from place to place with the map open on the passenger seat was a huge thrill. Today, GPS makes navigating much simpler. Websites have replaced guidebooks.
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Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
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Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
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