Saturday, May 25, 2013

Sauvignon Blanc…Summer in a glass
The sun is shining which means it is time to branch out and try something new that is crisp and fresh….my choice is a Sauvignon Blanc.
Sauvignon Blanc is a green skinned grape variety which is planted in many wine regions of the world, generating a crisp, dry and refreshing white wine.  Sauvignon Blanc is widely cultivated in France, Chile, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Brazil and California.  Some California Sauvignon Blanc’s are called Fume Blanc which sometime can be thought of as a different type of wine.
Depending on the climate the flavor can range from grassy to sweetly tropical, with a grapefruit or bell-pepper aromas and taste, some New Zealand variety’s you can pick out gooseberry.  Sauvignon Blanc when chilled pairs well with fish, chicken, cheese… particularly a good Chevre and it also one wine that pairs well with Sushi.
Sauvignon Blanc is one of the first wines that pioneered the screw cap top, mainly by New Zealand producers.  This wine is usually consumed young, it does not benefit from aging,  there are some exceptions that have produced an oak aged which can offer a vanilla and creamy flavor. 
Here are some selections Wine Lovin Women has tried:
Smart Cookie Vineyard, New Zealand; An apple aroma that starts on the palette as supple and smooth, warms to a juicy and zesty refreshing finish
Cedergreen Cellars, Columbia Valley; this is summer in a glass which pairs well with fresh oysters, grilled fish and Caesar salad.  The light-body offers an appealing mix of fruit and honey with a juicy acidity in the background
Airfield Estates, Yakima Valley; fresh and light-bodied that explodes with zesty lemon-tart mouth which pairs well with a summer salad.
SeaGlass, Santa Barbara County; Equal parts delicious and refreshing with fresh notes of gooseberry and tangerine
Waterbrook, Columbia Valley; Slight vanilla aroma which opens to caramel apple and lemon grass with a succulent finish
Starbourough, New Zealand; Crisp punch of acidity of grapefruit and pear notes supported by an intense and delicious finish
Sauvignon Blanc is very versatile and goes with a wide variety of foods which makes it the best choice when taking a hostess gift, selecting a wine to go with mystery dinner or for your summer picnic with fried chicken. 
Enjoy your summer….Cheers!  Denise