Today is an exciting day for Star Wars fans, Sauvignon Blanc drinkers, and obscure holiday aficionados! May the fourth is considered the official Star Wars Day, and the first Friday of May has been deemed as Sauvignon Blanc Day by the New Zealand Wine Association. In an effort to unite wine nerds and sci-fi enthusiasts across the galaxies, I worked with a friend to create these amazing Stars Wars and wine mash-up scenes. In between photo shoots and lightsaber battles, I was busy reviewing the different styles of Sauvignon Blanc. Sauvignon Blanc is grown around the world, but in each location, this aromatic and zesty grape takes on different qualities. To help break it down, I’ve put together this handy chart with common flavor profiles. 🤓
As you prepare for the festivities of the day, here are a couple of quick buying tips… Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand (especially Marlborough) and the Loire Valley (especially Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé) have become very trendy in the past few years. These are classic and delicious styles, so their popularity is well deserved. However, if you are looking for a bargain, expanding your search to lesser know regions can make your purchase a bit easier on the wallet. If you are looking for Sauvignon Blanc in the lean, mineral style of Sancerre, you might try something from a neighboring appellation in the Loire Valley, such as Touraine, Menetou-Salon, Reuilly, or Quincy. If you prefer the lush fruit character of NZ, perhaps give an Italian or Chilean bottle a try. Whatever the region or style, I hope that you can enjoy a refreshing glass of Sauvignon Blanc on this momentous day, and may the force be with you!
Photo credits and many thanks to Josh Horowitz.