In with the white! As we head into warmer months, people tend to shy away from heavier reds and opt for crisp and light whites. White wine has fewer (or no) tannins so they seem more refreshing.
The Sauvignon Blanc grape itself originates in Bordeaux, France, where it has been used in iconic blends for generations. The name comes from the French words for “wild white,” leading many to believe that the grape itself originated in the Southwestern portion of the country.
Now you may wonder why Sauvignon Blanc doesn’t look anything like Cabernet Sauvignon. Sauvignon Blanc was actually paired with Cabernet Franc to create the Cabernet Sauvignon vine in Bordeaux. This fancy bit of breeding happened in the 18th Century, and created one of the most iconic grape varietals grown today.
Though France is the home to Sauvignon Blanc, I assure you, New Zealand is where the grape became a major player. Here are a few of my current favorites.
2016 Prophecy Sauvignon Blanc High Priestess Marlborough $14
Lush and ripe with smooth, lush citrus and spice; tangy and earthy with smooth, dense style. 89 Points
2016 Pighin Sauvignon Blanc Grave del Friuli DOC $18
Smooth, sweet nose; clean, round and ripe with juicy style and lovely balance; lush and bright, fresh and long. 91 Points
2016 Duckhorn Decoy Sauvignon Blanc Decoy Sonoma $20
Smooth and lush with clean, fresh style and good balance; fresh and long. 90 Points
2015 Kenefick Ranch Sauvignon Blanc West Palisade Range Napa Valley $24
Silky and smooth with juicy, bright, mouth filling flavors; generous, rich and intense with lovely balance and finesse; minerals, spice and citrus notes; racy and complete – the full package. 93 Points