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March 25, 2014

With the first breath of spring air, our mouths are watering for a fresh salad and racy glass of Sauvignon Blanc. (It's been a long winter!) Although a year-round grape, Sauvignon Blanc's distinctive herbaceous character is often aligned with tastes of the spring and summer seasons. From vegetable to grass flavors, mineral to citrus notes, Sauvignon Blanc offers a wine tasting adventure. The following bottlings bear the heart of Sauvignon Blanc, each with its own personality based on terroir and the winemakers' hands.

Beyond Sauvignon Blanc - This crisp, fresh bottling is crafted in the Coastal Region of South Africa by Sauvignon specialist, Buitenverwachting. Flavors of tropical fruit, melon, ripe gooseberry and green pepper are supported by herbal notes and a mineral edge. Beyond offers a tremendous value, consistently earning “Best Buy” accolades.

Paul Buisse Touraine Sauvignon - Floral aromatics lead to a racy yet delicate palate that is fruit forward with a bright acidity and a seamless finish. Ideal for appetizers, this crisp, fresh Sauvignon Blanc from the AOC Touraine is the perfect wine to open your palate, serving as a great match for soft cheeses, specifically goat cheese which is a specialty of the Loire, France region.

Indaba Sauvignon Blanc - A crowd pleaser, this easy drinking Sauvignon Blanc from the Western Cape of South Africa displays appealing citrus and tropical fruit aromas that lead to an invigorating palate of pineapple, lemon-lime, mango and green fig. Herbal undertones shine through on the mineral-tinged finish, making this an good match for shellfish and summertime salads.

DMZ Sauvignon Blanc - DMZ is DeMorgenzon’s value label, where the objective is to produce classic, elegant, well-balanced wines which over-deliver in terms of quality for price. This Western Cape bottling offers upfront aromatics of passion fruit and citrus following through to a rich palate that yields ripe fruit flavors with a nettle edge. A brisk acidity and stony minerality give natural freshness and length.

Bayten Sauvignon Blanc - This praised Sauvignon Blanc from Constantia, South Africa displays classic aromas and flavors of green fig, gooseberry and lime. A fuller body with pepper and herbal notes are supported by elegant hints of mineral and chalk. The most recent vintage, 2013, received 90 points from Wine Spectator and Wine & Spirits magazines.

Did you know? Sauvignon Blanc means "Wild White". Indigenous to France, Sauvignon Blanc derives its name from the words sauvage, for “wild,” and blanc, for “white”.

March 18, 2014

March 12, 2014

Tim Varan is owner and franchisor of Tim's Wine Market, a nationally known and respected leader in the wine retail business with seven stores operating across Florida. With 20 years of experience in the industry, Tim tastes over 4000 wines per year to select bottlings worthy of placement. We sat down to gain insight on the Florida market and running a successful wine shop.

Q: What’s the biggest difference between wine trends at Tim’s Wine Market 10 years ago and those today?

Tim: Ten years ago consumer demand was still driven by critical reviews by only a handful of publications. Now social media has a far greater influence on consumer tastes. Not so much from bloggers, but apps that allow other drinkers to share their opinions. Also, smart phone cameras allow friends to share their favorite discoveries instantly, which can create sudden bursts of sales on unusual wines or categories.

Q: Describe the Florida wine scene.

Tim: Because wine is available in so many retail outlets, customers are more demanding when they seek out independent wine shops. They generally want labels they don't find in big box locations and are willing to experiment. At the same time Florida consumers are very California-centric, so it takes a little more work to get new customers to try imported wines, particularly above $15 a bottle.

Q: What makes Tim’s Wine Market unique?

Tim: Selection, service and value. We take the time to talk to every customer, get to know their preferences -often when they can't describe them- and then help them pick wines that are right for their needs, budget and taste. We do not use any critical press in the store so it helps us establish our own credibility with customers because we put our money where our mouth is. If we pick wines they do not like, they will not be back. At the same time it frees us from having to carry the same old brands as everyone else. Our regular customers know they are going to get a good bottle of wine from us, for less than they expect to pay.

Q: Where is your favorite spot for a glass of wine?

Tim: Sitting at my dining room table on Sunday night with my wife and kids. That is the night I cook a big meal than and pull something old out of the cellar.

Q: Please offer a piece of insight to someone interested in opening a retail wine shop.

Tim: Do not use critical press to sell wine. Establish yourself as an expert and show you have the best interests of your customers at heart when you help them make selections. It takes little longer to build a base of customers but they are more loyal and willing to trust you, which lets you sell more interesting wines.

Tim's Wine Market carries bottlings from Cape Classics' estates including Indaba, Excelsior Wine Estate, Raats Family Wines and more. For further information please visit: Tim's Wine Market

March 5, 2014

In 1989, Paul Buisse purchased over 173 acres of vineyards in an area recognized as one of the best for winegrowing in the Touraine appellation of the Loire Valley. The vineyard's south-southwest exposure and clay limestone soils translate to beautiful, fruit forward wines. Upon his retirement in 2010, Paul Buisse sold the company to his friend, Pierre Chainier, whose family has a long history of working in wine and trade dating back to 1749. Since, the Chainier family have become pioneers in sustainable farming, being the first to employ green practices in the region. Vineyards are maintained according to a sustainable agriculture philosophy with the overall ecosystem in mind. The vision of the Chainiers is to bring knowledge, experience, and a passion for winemaking to the industry, as they embrace the Loire Valley and its unique soils.

Paul Buisse Touraine 2012 is now available in the U.S. Ideal for appetizers, this crisp, fresh Sauvignon Blanc is the perfect wine to open your palate, serving as a great match for soft cheeses, specifically goat cheese which is a specialty of the Loire region, summertime salads, shellfish and seafood.