Creative Juices Wine Blog

Framingham Sauvignon Blanc 2008

Posted in Marlborough, New Zealand, Sauvignon Blanc, Wine Reviews by CreativeJuicesWine on December 6, 2009

Surprise, surprise…we like a Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc. Weird.

As of late, we have been very fortunate in our wine selections (knock on wood). I think the worst wine that we have had in the last month, and reviewed, was an 86 point wine. That’s fantastic! For those of you that are rooting for an absolute disaster wine, you’ll have to wait at least another day. This New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc was exactly what we needed on the first warm day in a week.

The 2008 vintage of SB from Framingham Wines, LTD., is the quintessential format by which New Zealand SB’s can be judged. It holds all of the typical characteristics that it should, yet possesses just enough of it’s own character to make it unique, and special.

Framingham SB is a light straw-colored yellow with tints of green throughout. The color fades delicately into a somewhat watery edge. On the palate, we got subtle vanilla, grapefruit, grassy notes, green apple, sea salt, and cantaloupe.

This isn’t a “big” wine by any means, but it does possess a powerful, yet delightful display of in mouth flavors. On the attack, this SB shows a bit of green pepper, and then glides into grapefruit, green apple, citrus, a hint of lemon, and minerality that can probably be closely attributed to that sea salt we mentioned before.

In the end, we found this wine to be correct on all levels, and positively enjoyable. Furthermore, we happily grant it 89 points, and a high-five. Way to go, Framingham! Cheers!

Wine Class 101: Australia, South Africa, New Zealand

Posted in Australia, Classes, New Zealand, South Africa by CreativeJuicesWine on November 15, 2009

Our next class will be held at Rulis’ International Kitchen from 6pm-8pm on November 28th.  As always, we will be your tour guides on a journey through exciting wine regions of the World.  Class number four will be on Australia, South Africa, and New Zealand.  This should be another fun class, as we will be talking in detail about up and coming regions, and wines from all three Countries.

As always, Chef Rulis’ will be creating exciting dishes from regions within these countries to pair with the wines.  All of the wines we taste will be available for purchase (in limited quantities at the end of the evening).

So, after you fill up on turkey for Thanksgiving, come out to Ruli’s and learn about three New World winemaking Countries.  We look forward to seeing you there!

For more information, contact Raul Gonzalez of Rulis’ International Kitchen at 915.541.9990, or stop in at 318 N. Mesa St. in downtown El Paso.


-Zak & Olena