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The name “Krug” makes me think of the famous Champagne-producing family of Reims, but there seems to be no connection with Charles Krug, the oldest vineyard in Napa (1861). The Krug vineyard was purchased in the 40’s by the Mondavis, whose son Peter (younger brother of Robert) produced wine there ever since. Check out this photo of Marc Mondavi and his brother Peter Mondavi Jr.

Mondavi Bros

Peter is Pleasing in Pink. Click for source (charleskrug.com)

If you feel like a virtual trip to Napa, I highly recommend the Krug website with its ravishing photos of the vineyards and winery.

We tasted the 2012 St. Helena Sauv Blanc ($14.99), which is described this way on the site: enticing aromas of passion fruit, lime and a hint of lemongrass. Flavors of melon, citrus and grapefruit perfectly complement a crisp and bright acidity. 

I found it slightly effervescent on the tongue, with a bouquet of grapefruit and (interestingly) popcorn! A very pleasant, refreshing wine that would perfectly complement pasta in a creamy sauce.