Sauvignon Blanc Day is on May 6! Woo hoo! What a great reminder that summer is almost here! So the big question is why is Sauvignon Blanc such a great summer wine? Why should we do a summer toast to Sauvignon Blanc?
Sauvignon Blanc is tart, crisp and acidic, which makes it incredibly refreshing. Just what you need on a hot summer day. I like to think of Sauvignon Blanc as adult lemonade.
Summertime in a Glass
Summertime in a Glass (SIAG) is “an advocacy and information group that seeks to promote, educate and entertain wine enthusiasts and the industry itself on the world of Sauvignon Blanc.” Their name is further proof that this wine is a great summer quaffer.
I highly recommend perusing the Summertime in a Glass website, spending the most time on the page called “The Grape,” There, you’ll find:
- History – Did you know that Sauvignon Blanc is the child of Savagnin (also known as Traminer) and Chenin Blanc, and that the grape first had a close association with Loire and Bordeaux but is now grown all over the world, with some of the best wines coming from New Zealand?
- Characteristics – SIAG describes Sauvignon Blanc as “Crisp, elegant, herbaceous, fruity, and fresh.” YUM!
- Production – Sauvignon Blanc is rarely oaked. When it is, it’s called Fume Blanc, a term and style created by Robert Mondavi in the 1960s.
- Common Sauvignon Blanc Aroma/Flavor Profiles – My favorite is cat pee! But very importantly it’s Tom Cat pee, not just any cat pee J
- Pairings – Because of its acidity, Sauvignon Blanc is one of the food friendliest wines. But SIAG has some good recommendations.
More Information about Sauvignon Blanc
- Drink it young – This is a wine that you drink for its in-your-face immaturity. This wine will not benefit from aging. In fact, if you save it for more than a few years, you lose its alluring youthfulness.
- Drink it cold – Many white wines, especially Chardonnay, should be drunk much warmer than refrigerator temperature to get the most flavors. In the spirit of a summer toast to Sauvignon Blanc, drink this wine nice and cold.
- Add a lemon – For hyper-sensitive tasters who can’t handle the tartness of Sauvignon Blanc, licking a lemon before sipping a tart Sauvignon Blanc turns a tasting worthy of a wince into a tasting worthy of a smile.
- Think dry – Sauvignon Blanc is a dry, aromatic wine, with the exception of Sauternes, an amazing sweet wine that has Sauvignon Blanc in it.
- Remember GR words – I came up with a simple word game to remember three of the key characteristics of Sauvignon Blanc. These characteristics all start with the letters GR: grapefruit, grassiness and green apple. Top of Form
I hope I’ve inspired you to get on the Sauvignon Blanc bandwagon, especially on Sauvignon Blanc Day on May 6. If you participate in the May 6 festivities, please be sure to use the hashtag #SauvBlanc on social media.