It is amazing where a glass of a particularly excellent wine can lead one. Recently it was Chasing Venus Sauvignon Blanc. This Writer does enjoy this varietal and we thought the Chasing Venus vintage outstanding. We found this 2010 wine with an distinctive nose which demanded further inquiry. On the palate it did not disappoint but offered hints of fruit while maintaining a lingering crispness.
This lead us to further inquiry that included a refresher course on the redoubtable Captain Cook and his1769 voyage which had the proposed purpose of tracing Venus's path across the sun. (For Venus this occurred again in June of this year.) But his real reason for the voyage was to take possession of both Australia and New Zealand for the Crown.
The Captain besides his explorations of new places had a fine talent for naming them. We always think of him when we find ourselves on the Oregon coast at Cape Perpetua for Captain Cook named it in 1778.
Then we learned that Chasing Venus is a brand owned by Crew Wine Company based in Zamora, California. I bet you don't know where Zamora is either. It is located in Yolo County and owned by John and Lane Giguiere with Karl Giguiere as Vineyard Manager and Dan Cederquist as winemaker.
This Chasing Venus Sauvignon Blanc is produced in the Marlborough area of New Zealand from two separate vineyards. We learned the wine is readily available in the U.S. and indeed can be purchased from Crew Wine Company in Zamora. So ended our inquiry
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