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Great Wine for a Hot Saturday Afternoon: Ponga Sauvignon Blanc 2010

Ponga Sauvignon Blanc 2010

Now this is a wine I really wish I could find in the market or the wine store!  I’ve had it locally at Circa 1922 and Caffe Phoenix, but never spied it on a store shelf anywhere.

In any case, this a crisp, delicious Sauvignon Blanc from the Marlborough region of New Zealand.  In true New Zealand style, it exhibits vibrant aromas of citrus and a nice, tangy grapefruit characteristic. It is THE perfect crisp, refreshing wine to sip on a hot Saturday afternoon over lunch with a girlfriend.  Or any friend, for that matter.  ; )

(It set us back about $25 from the wine list, but if you can find it at retail somewhere, it’ll be around $10 or $11 bucks.)

I last had it at Caffe Phoenix, paired with Spinach Salad with goat cheese, red onion and walnuts, tossed in a honey dijon vinaigrette, which it matched nicely.

My friend Carolyn had the Pear & Fennel Salad, comprised of mixed greens, sliced pear, shaved fennel, toasted walnuts & parmesan and tossed in a lemon vinaigrette, another good match for this wine.

Sauvignon Blanc is terrific with soft cheeses like Goat, Brie and Camembert; acidic fare like tomatoes; green veggies; and salads, so it was the perfect choice for our meal at Caffe Phoenix.

Ponga wines are produced by the Scott Family Group, a family owned and operated winery located  in the heart of Blenheim’s wine growing region in Marlborough.

Wine Notes from across the web:

Pale straw with brilliant clarity. A delicate aroma of ripe tropical fruits, subtle earthy undertones and a hint of nettles. (from

Pale straw with brilliant clarity, typical of the variety. Vibrant aromas of ripe citrus and tropical fruits. The palate displays white peach and grapefruit characteristics accented with chalky, mineral tones. A refreshing wine with great acid backbone and palate endurance.  (from


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2 Responses to “Great Wine for a Hot Saturday Afternoon: Ponga Sauvignon Blanc 2010”

  1. Max says:

    FYI – Ponga is available at the Wine Sampler on Oleander Drive for about 9.99 per bottle.

  2. Thanks for the head’s up! I’ve actually also recently seen it at Wilmington Wine Shoppe downtown, and at Temptations. This makes me very happy, as I love this wine! : )

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