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Wine review: 2013 Storm Sauvignon Blanc

Wine review: 2013 Storm Sauvignon Blanc
2013 Storm Sauvignon Blanc (Bob Chamberlin / Los Angeles Times)

At the Santa Barbara County Futures Tasting every year, the wines from Ernst Storm stand out for their balance and grace. His Sauvignon Blanc is a great example of the South African native's style of winemaking. It's classic, with a scent of fresh-cut grass and lime. The fruit is clean and ripe, a bit tropical, but crisp and high-toned. In short, a perfect summer wine.

Enjoy a bottle as an aperitif or pair it with a shrimp cocktail or crab Louis. Grilling some sockeye salmon? This is the wine that can hold its own against the rich fish. It's also a fine match for crudités and main course salads.

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Region: Santa Ynez Valley, Central California Coast

Price: $20 to $23

Style: Crisp, classic

What it goes with: Shrimp cocktail, crab Louis, grilled salmon, salads

Where to find it: The Cheese Store of Beverly Hills, (800) 547-1515, www.ElvinoWines.com; Wine Exchange in Orange, (800) 76WINEX, www.winehouse.com.

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