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