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2004 Allan Scott Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc

So, if you were Alex Trebek and you posed the question, “Scott Dixon.”  My answer might be, “The winner of the 2008 Indianapolis 500” and mimicking Cliff Clavin from “Cheers” fame, I might also add, “An Indy Car driver who has not been in my kitchen.”

I could not, however, answer, “An Indy Car driver who has not been in my mother-in-law’s kitchen” because, well, he has been in her kitchen on two Thanksgivings as the former love interest for a family member on my wife’s side.  He even ate the green bean casserole.  Nice guy, too, besides being polite about filling his plate.  He is a bit quiet, but he is a Kiwi, if not by birth (Aussie) then by homeland proxy, and they are not known for a lot of artifice (read:  b.s.).

This quote from the Indianapolis Star sums it up:

Dixon, 27, is so difficult to read that team owner Chip Ganassi, who fielded Montoya’s Indy-winning car, initially didn’t know what he was getting when he plucked Dixon from the folding PacWest team in the middle of the 2002 season.

“He’s been like that since I’ve known him,” Ganassi said. “At first, I didn’t think he was that excited about racing. “People confuse that with caring about things. You know, it’s a relief to know it was a quiet confidence that sort of is his trademark. That’s a powerful tool.”

You will excuse me for going on about Indy Car racing, a sport that is very niche-y (and the ceremonious winners circle drink is milk), but with my town being Indianapolis and Danica Patrick making magazine covers and Helio Castroneves winning “Dancing with the Stars,” I’ve gotta make hay while the sun is shining.

Speaking of New Zealand and sunshine, I think Eric Arnold, who chronicled a year in the life at Allan Scott, a Marlborough winery, will attest to the down home, rootsy and to-the-point nature of the Kiwi’s, as well.

In honor of the 2008 winner of the Indianapolis 500, Scott Dixon, and as an homage to Eric’s chronicle (Arnold left Wine Spectator for Bloomberg recently, as well), I’m reviewing the 2004 Allan Scott Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc.

My review can be found here.



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On 10/30, Granite exporters in india wrote:

People confuse that with caring about things.You know, it’s a relief to know it was a quiet confidence that sort of is his trademark.That’s a powerful tool.


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