With summer upon us the consumption of Sauvignon Blanc is about to explode! Of the four giants of the wine world, which includes Cabernet, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc, no wine is as seasonal as little old Sauvy. It’s light, crisp character just screams ‘drink me this summer’, and with so many other options appearing on retailers shelves and competing for our attention it’s not surprising that we become more adventurous throughout the year, but when the summer hits, we want old, zesty reliable.
There are essentially three style of Sauvignon Blanc in the marketplace today. The mineral style most closely associated with France’s Sancerre, the full on New Zealand style that celebrates the herbal and tropical fruit qualities Sauvignon Blanc is capable of, and finally the Fume Blanc, barrel aged style that was popularized in California. Each has its virtues, and while many people seem to have a favorite, and to a certain extent feel free to disparage the other styles as somehow less worthy, I am of the mind to celebrate Sauvy in all its broad diversity. I’ll be tasting a case every other week or so stay tuned for some of your favorites! Now on with the show.