Friday, June 7, 2013

Wine Education - Grape : Sauvignon Blanc

Wine Tasting at all FOUR locations

Taste a few wines made from Sauvignon Balnc at all four of our locations this Saturday, June 8 from 11am-4pm.
 (each store will also have other wines out to taste)

A little more education: We are going to try to feature either a grape or a wine region each week at our stores. We will give you some background information on the grape or region and feature a wine that highlights what we are featuring. We will taste that wine on Saturday at all four of our locations. We will post it here in our blog and send it out in our emails - click here to sign up for our emails

I have started a new label "Education" that you can hit to read all the education articles (see the right column under the heading "labels".

Grape: Sauvignon Blanc
image from Wikipedia

Sauvignon Blanc

Sauvignon Blanc’s roots, pun intended, are in France’s Bordeaux region where it is used to make both dry crisp wines and the great sweet wines of Sauternes.   In fact, Sauvignon Blanc was crossed with Cabernet Franc to create the grape we now most associate with Bordeaux Cabernet Sauvignon. Though still important to the production of White Wine in Bordeaux Sauvignon Blanc’s influence has spread not just throughout France, being the dominate varietal grown in the Loire Valley, but in fact the world. This is no more evident than in the wine industry of New Zealand where Sauvignon Blanc has become synonymous with the idea of New Zealand winemaking. This thin skinned grape does take a deft hand to handle its intense aromatics and flavors, but when done correctly Sauvignon Blanc can be a wonderful expression of place, whether that place be France, California, New Zealand, or even Chile. Come try Sauvignon Blanc from all over the world this weekend, you are sure to find a favorite summer wine.

New Zealand: Kim Crawford
California: Sonoma Coast Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc
Loire, France: Chateau de Sancerre 

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