Monday, April 24, 2017 is International Sauvignon Blanc Day! Why is such an awesome event on a Monday? There is so much to like about Sauvignon Blanc, where do we start? Right here:
Known as a crisp and refreshing pool-side wine, Sauvignon Blanc offers a wonderful balance of relatively high acidity and low sugar levels. From its humble beginnings as a blending grape in the Bordeaux region of France, vines were transported northward to the Loire Valley. As it gained fans and earned its place as a primary varietal, the French called it “Sancerre.”
Over time, Sauvignon Blanc / Sancerre was awarded yet another name: Fumé Blanc. By any name, this grape grew in reputation as it migrated from country to country. It is now well-established in nearly every winemaking region of the world. At our house, it makes its seasonal debut every spring as soon as the pool opens. More than one family bocce ball competition has been won with a glass of Sauvignon Blanc in the other hand!
Sauvignon Blanc is the ideal white wine for the red wine drinker. While red lovers turn up their nose a “buttery” Chardonnay, the dry, fruit-forward crispness of Sauvignon Blanc is able to bridge the chasm between white and red wine. There is enough personality to enjoy on its own, but succeeds equally well paired with most meals.
How will you celebrate International Sauvignon Blanc day? A quick glance at our wine fridge showed that we will be choosing our Sauv Blanc from Berringer, Chouinard, Concha y Toro, Thomas Coyne, Crooked Vine, Darcie Kent, Hagafen, Livermore Valley Cellars, Marguis de Chasse, Oyster Bay, Stama, and Stonehedge wineries. Yes, we love our Sauvignon Blanc!
However you celebrate, here’s to you! Cheers!
About the Author: John grills a mean steak and is always in the market for another wine fridge. Believes that if a winery has more than 10 employees, it's probably too big. Buys wine faster than he drinks it, but who cares?