The marketers and the social media have declared today #SauvBlanc day, and who are we, Wine Harlots, professional drinkers extraordinaire, to argue? Any day with a glass of wine in hand is a good day, in our opinion.
Sauvignon blanc originated in France, but has packed it’s bags and traveled the world over to take up residence in every wine country in the world. But no one in the world has embraced sauvignon blanc like New Zealand. Three out of every four bottles produced in New Zealand is sauvignon blanc, so claiming it to be the flagship wine of New Zealand isn’t hyperbole. The New Zealand sauvignon blanc’s have a signature brightness, acidity and vivid citrus and tropical fruit notes with herbaceous undertones. Jancis Robinson famously declared the wine “cat pee on a gooseberry bush” but in the best way possible, of course.
Three sauvignon blancs that have crossed the transom and passed muster this spring are the Nobilo Regional Collection Sauvignon Blanc ($13), the Nobilo Icon Sauvignon Blanc ($22), and the Mt. Beautiful Sauvignon Blanc ($16).
The crispness of the sauvignon blanc makes it a great wine for summer, patios parties and barbecues. Sauvignon blanc has an infinity for white fish and shellfish.Try pairing it with Alder Smoked Scallops with Citrus and Garlic Butter Sauce. Our friends at Vindulge concur with our fish and seafood paring suggestion, and have created an Ahi Tuna Ceviche to celebrate sauvignon blanc. And what to listen to while you savor sauvignon blanc? Today the music match is Yellow Flicker Beat from New Zealand native Lorde.
And there is more to New Zealand wine than simply stellar sauvignon blanc. If you happen to be in San Francisco this weekend, you may want to attend the New Zealand Winegrowers tasting at the Farallon Restaurant on Saturday, April 25, 2015. The tickets are $50 per person. Please stop by and say “hi” to Nannette from Wine Harlots, who will be pouring the sauvignon blanc for Mt. Beautiful, plus their pinot gris, pinot noir and riesling.
Photo credit: EatonAlive ©2015
Disclosure: The wines mentioned were provided as samples for media consideration, and were evaluated based solely editorial merit (i.e. no compensation was provided for inclusion in this article or publication.) The work pouring for Mt. Beautiful at the tasting event is a paid gig.