Raise a glass of Sauvignon Blanc and May the Fourth be with you!

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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. 🤓

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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!

Attach5549_20180502_235301Photo credits and many thanks to Josh Horowitz.

 

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Sauvignon Blanc Day on Friday

 

The first Friday in May is International Sauvignon Blanc day, so here’s a little background to help you prepare for the festivities.

Sauvignon Blanc is a white grape that originated in France, where it is  still widely planted in the Loire Valley and Bordeaux .  However, it has also become popular in many New World wine regions, such as Chile, South Africa, and California, but especially New Zealand, where it has become their most widely planted grape.

Sauvignon Blanc is a dry, white wine, with high acidity.  It is often described as crisp and refreshing, and it is one of my favorite wines for summer.  I find Sauvignon Blanc easy to drink on its own, but with its herbal and mineral qualities, it also makes an excellent pairing for fresh vegetables, salads,  fish/seafood, sushi,  and raw oysters.

Common fruit flavors for Sauvignon Blanc are lime (and other citrus), honeydew melon, green apple, and peach.  Additionally, Sauvignon Blanc is known for strong non-fruit flavors such as fresh grass, bell pepper, and chalky minerals.