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Hello all! I’ve been thinking I need to use this weekly dispatch to present some basic wine education going along with the weekly tastings we have on Saturday afternoons at all of our stores. Why not start with a little varietal exploration? This week we’ll start with Sauvignon Blanc. It’s kind of the “Rodney Dangerfield” of white varietals, yet it remains very popular even if it doesn’t get a whole lot of respect.”Sauvignon blanc is a green-skinned grape variety that originates from the Bordeaux region of France. The grape most likely gets its name from the French words sauvage (“wild”) and blanc (“white”) due to its early origins as an indigenous grape in Southwest France. Sauvignon blanc is planted in many of the world’s wine regions, producing a crisp, dry, and refreshing white varietal wine. The grape is widely cultivated in France, Chile, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Washington and California. Some new world Sauvignon Blancs, particularly from California, may also be called “Fume Blanc” thanks to Mr. Robert Mondavi, who thought Fume Blanc sounded more high fallutin’. ” Thanks Wikipedia!Now the question is, “Does the concept of local terrior help distinguish differences in Sauvignon Blanc grown and made in various places?” Come in and see for yourself; try some nice wines, expand your oenological edification, and have some fun!
Next Week – Cabernet Franc!-Bill the Wine Guy

 


 

Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc
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This New Zealand Sauvignon is grown in a cool climate with a long growing season on stoney river wash. The resulting wine has a lovely minerality with fresh aromatics of lime, gooseberry and grapefruit. Plenty of crisp citrus flavors on the palate here also and a fresh, tart finish.

 


 

Domaine de Rind du Bois Touraine Sauvignon Blanc 2013
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Though it’s not exactly the same as Sancerre, its Loire Valley neighbor just to the south, the soil in Touraine is highly varied, with flinty clays, clay limestone on a chalk bed, and sand on flint to the east, as well as gravel and sand. Because of this the Rind du Bois also shows some nice citrus elements in nose and mouth with notes of lemon, lime and grapefruit.

 


 

Kenwood Sauvignon Blanc Sonoma County 2013
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The fruit sourced for this Sauvignon Blanc comes from vineyards located in five different appellations in Sonoma County. Fragrant aromas of white nectarine, honeydew melon and lemongrass combine with zesty citrus and tropical flavors that give way to a crisp and refreshing finish

 


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