Wednesday, May 6, 2009

I'm smitten with Sauvignon Blanc

I'm sitting here reading Wine Business Monthly and came upon an article about Sauvignon Blanc. It's my favorite varietal. It's perfect to have when hanging out or when eating just about any food. I prefer it much more than Chardonnay. It's not oakey or buttery and doesn't over-power food.  So I was interested to know what the pros think.

What is the attraction?
1. Sauvignon Blanc grapes can grow well anywhere in any type of soil. And they don't need to be aged. The wine can be bottled in January and ready to drink in March. Sweet.
2. Apparently the grape is difficult to work with and there are lots of special techniques to"tame the vigor of the varietal" -but the pros have it all figured out. It is a grape we're talking about, right?
3. They describe the wine as having amazing fruit flavor and aroma.  There are hints of melon, tropical fruit, grapefruit, lychee. The flavors are descriptive and bright.
4. It usually has good acidity so it pairs well with a lot of food. It's crisp, fruity, dry and served chilled, so it is the perfect compliment for summer picnics.
5. And last, but not least, it's usually a good value. It can almost always be counted on to deliver a wine of great interest at a price that will still allow you buy some food. Excellent! It's affordable.

So, if you find yourself out and about and don't know what to drink. Or you're mindlessly wandering around the aisles of BevMo! Give the Sauvignon Blanc a try.  You won't be disappointed.

Here are some recommendations:

From Josh Nichol, my boss: 
Rodney Strong, Sauvignon Blanc.  You can find it a BevMo! for $9.99CB.  It got a silver medal at the 2008 Long Beach Wine Comp.

My recommendation: 
Dry Creek Sauvignon Blanc/Fume Blanc.  Also $9.99CB at BevMo!

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