Marilyn Wines traces its origins to 1981, when a small group of friends started making wine at their home near St. Helena, in Napa Valley. One evening in 1983, over dinner and a bottle of homemade Merlot, the concept of "Marilyn Merlot" was born. The wine enjoyed a good deal of popularity around the valley and was often donated to charity auctions and given as Christmas gifts. In 1985, the playful idea and the fine wine that bore its name led to the limited production of Marilyn Merlot for sale to the public. Over the years, continuing acclaim from critics, collectors, and lovers of fine wine have led to the production of Marilyn Cabernet, Norma Jeane wines, the Velvet Collection wines, Marilyn Merlot and more recently the Sauvignon Blonde Marilyn Wines holds an exclusive agreement with the estate of Marilyn Monroe for the use of the name and the images. The royalties paid are distributed according to Marilyn's will to Anna Strasberg who helps support the Lee Strasberg Theater Institute and to the Anna Freud Foundation in London, which has set up a special child treatment center called the Monroe Young Family Center. Sauvignon Blonde 2010 is a tart and flavoursome Sauvignon Blanc that arrives just in time for summer enjoyment. The label of Sauvignon Blonde 2010 features perhaps the best-known image of Marilyn Monroe. It is the scene in The Seven-Year Itch where she is standing on a New York City subway grate when a passing train sends up a breeze that billows her dress. The 2010 vintage is a 100% varietal from the Yountville district of Napa Valley. The varietal aromas are a distinct combination of ripe grapefruit and pineapple lending to a classic balance of Sauvignon Blanc characters. The flavours are fruity, crisp and lingering. "This fresh and lovely wine is fast becoming a favorite not only of fans of our Marilyn Merlot, but people who love good Sauvignon Blanc" says Donna Holder of Marilyn Wines, "and we’re finding that they often buy three bottles – one to enjoy, one to collect, and one to give a friend."