Sauvignon Blanc is said to be the other parent of Cabernet Sauvignon along with the mighty Cabernet Franc. Two of my favorite grapes making a big Cabernet Sauvignon.. No wonder why those are my favorite wines.
Sauvignon Blanc was said to be around in the 16th century and there is a little dispute on where it originated, but sources say in France, the Loire of Bordeaux. Sauvignon Blanc is the most useful grape in the world.
Some of the characteristics of this beautifully Feisty grape is
“Crisp, elegant, herbaceous, fruity, and fresh” are ways to describe Sauvignon Blanc. It has such a distinctive character, with naturally high acidity, it is usually “tangy, tart, nervy, racy, or zesty”. This acidity also can keep even sweeter versions from being too sickly sweet. Styles can vary greatly and range from slightly tart and grassy to tangy pineapple with oak nuances.
Sauvignon Blanc is usually consumed young, as it does not always benefit from aging. It is the classic “quick turn white” that is often most desirable in the spring and summer months that immediate follow the previous year’s harvest. The sweet white wine, Sauternes, utilizes Sauvignon Blanc as a major component and is one of the few exceptions that can be very age worthy.
Sauvignon Blanc is my favorite go to wine in the summer. It pairs well with lots of things. Shellfish, cheeses, Salads. It is very versatile in pairings. Plus, it makes me feel like the life of the party.. It will usually be the wine of choice I take to parties as I love sharing the wine with my friends and watching their faces as they take that first sip, knowing that it will not be a pretty face.. :)
I encourage you to try a Sauvignon Blanc and to check out by friend Brian Diaz's site called Summer Time in A Glass. He has taken on the Sauvignon Blanc world. Getting the word out about this feisty beauty and we both hope you try one or several and let us know what you think. Yes, I did take a few facts from his site, so check it out and see the in depth history of this amazing gr