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Lake County is an emerging wine-growing area in California just north of its more famous and prestigious neighbor Napa Valley. The Lake County American Viticultural Area (AVA) has a growing reputation for cabernet sauvignon and other reds that are usually more affordable than those from Napa. In addition, it’s also been gaining attention for its well-priced, bracing sauvignon blanc. Below is an example of a Lake County sauvignon blanc compared with one from Napa Valley. Both would go well with seafood prepared with zingy herbs and spices as well as other flavorful dishes including pasta with pesto sauce.

Vigilance 2018 Sauvignon Blanc, Red Hills, Lake County, CaliforniaBought • Friar Tuck, 9053 Watson Road, in October for $13.99

Description • If you like New Zealand-style sauvignon blanc, give the Vigilance a try. This crisp, zesty white, which received scores in the 90s from several critics, is made from grapes grown in the high-altitude vineyards of the sub-appellation of Red Hills in Lake County. Herbaceous and grassy, the Vigilance tastes of tart grapefruit and other citrus fruits. This is a flavorful, medium-bodied white with a thick mouthfeel that’s best enjoyed with food.

Black Stallion 2018 Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley, California Bought • Friar Tuck, 9053 Watson Road, in October for $14.99

Description • Although this sauvignon blanc was also well-received by critics, it’s is a very different style than the Vigilance. It’s a tamer and finer white that’s a little lighter in body and less pungent. Lively and easy to drink, this sauvignon blanc is produced by the Black Stallion Estate Winery located in Napa’s Oak Knoll district along the Silverado Trail. It has a refreshing acidity and combines the flavors of melons and other tropical fruits with lemon and grapefruit.

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