Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc and Wine Gems by Anna New York by RabLabs

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A lovely package full of wonderful items. 

To my pleasure, I recently received a gift box with a bottle of Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc, two Schott Zwiesel Sauvignon Blanc wine glasses and six Wine Gems by RabLabs. I've included my tasting notes on the Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc and my thoughts on the wine glasses and Wine Gems. I always appreciate the gift of wine.

"This wine sang."

Kim Crawford has partnered with luxury home goods company ANNA New York by RabLabs to create the Kim Crawford Wine Gems by RabLabs – a stylish re-imagining of the "whiskey stone" for wine. Using the natural beauty of fluorite stone, when frozen these limited-edition wine gems are designed to keep a glass of Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc chilled for up to an hour without diluting the wine’s vibrant flavors.
"Blending beauty and function, the Kim Crawford Wine Gems by RabLabs are a chic alternative to ice and transform an ordinary glass of wine into an extraordinary moment." - Kim Crawford Wines
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The Kim Crawford Wine Gems by RabLabs are available at www.rablabs.com.


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Notes on Kim Crawford 2014 Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough

Red wines don't always hit my buttons on cold, dreary afternoons. This Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand was well received. Brightened my afternoon and brought some Kiwi cheer to my day. Truly enjoyed this wine. It was just what I needed. Strongly Recommended. - William

Color
: Straw with green highlights.
Nose: Tropical, mineral, touch of funk, melon.
Palate: Delicious fresh splash, lime, melon, gooseberry, lively spike in the top middle, flavor profile focused to middle, grassy notes along the tongue, steely and focused with crisp tropical finish. Wow. Big like. This wine sang.

At 15 minutes: Nose was toasty melon with brioche a fun whiff of funk in the background, it had mineral and was a touch tropical. Fresh, fluid, good mouth-feel, with citrus and white grapefruit, focused to the front, a delicious focus, then white grapefruit and lime into the zesty, lightly grassy medium finish. Big like. Hit my buttons.

At 30 minutes: Melon, tropical, toasty nose. Grooved on the mouth-feel and focus, steely quality, funky melon, grassy, white grapefruit, lime pith, lively tart, a little creaminess on the medium finish. Pair with food at this point. Most excellent.

Thoughts: Uplifting wine from the country at the top of my must visit list. New Zealand baby! Shiny, sharp, flavorful wine which perked up my cold and cloudy afternoon. Full of Kiwi sunshine and made from lovingly tended grapes. The Schott Zwiesel Sauvignon Blanc wine glasses emphasized my wine experience and are now my fave Sauvignon Blanc glasses. What more could you want from a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc? Drink now.
Strongly Recommended.

Closure: Screw Cap.
ABV: 12.5%
Provided by: Nike Communications

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Thoughts About the Wine Gems
  • Do the frozen Wine Gems keep wine chilled longer? Yes they do. 
  • Do the Wine Gems look attractive and add a touch of style? Yes they do.
  • 6 Wine Gems $76 (Sold Out 12/19/15).
As a former Safety Officer for an Engineering Firm, an unpaid position added to my list of responsibilities as IT Manager, I would be remiss not to mention that my first thought was "choking hazard." My second thought was "chipped tooth." That is how my brain works and the reason I was given the unpaid position.

Using the Schott Zwiesel wine glass, there is an angular bend in the bulb which catches the Gems and limits the likelihood of accidentally swallowing a Gem. In other wines glasses without the bend, as in most wine glasses, I fear someone might accidentally swallow a Gem with the wine or chip a tooth as the frozen Gems slide down the glass.

I heartily recommend the Kim Crawford 2014 Sauvignon Blanc and the Schott Zwiesel Sauvignon Blanc wine glasses. The Wine Gems I cannot. What are your thoughts?

About RabLabs

Designer Anna Rabinowicz launched her first home collection for RabLabs in 2002, creating objects inspired by nature which fuse ancient, precious materials with cutting-edge design. She uses a luxurious palette of materials, layering semiprecious gems including agate and crystal with the finishing touches of pure gold and sterling silver. There are some truly beautiful items for sale on her site. Perfect for gifting.

Anna’s designs for RabLabs have been featured in top publications including The New York Times, Elle Décor, Architectural Digest, Harper's Bazaar, O Magazine, and New York Magazine. RabLabs items have been carried by such leading design venues as the Museum of Modern Art stores, Moss, and Barneys New York.

For more information and to purchase www.annanewyork.com

All the best, cheers! 

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