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Savor Our Sauvignon Blancs

If you love dry white wines with strong, fruit fragrance, Sauvignon Blanc is the grape for you.  Sauvignon Blanc grows prolifically across the world, on five continents, but the grape takes its name wild white from French, where it probably originates.  The grape ripens best slowly on the vine with plenty of sun and no extreme heat, which is why this grape famously thrives in valleys.  Two famous regions where Sauvignon Blanc grows are the Loire in France, home to Sancerre, and New Zealand’s Marlborough.  Both produce lively, fresh expressions that you might cause you to think it was not the same grape, but they are.  

Sauvignon Blanc provides a rich opportunity to taste around the world, noting the differences climate and soil impart on a grape.  No matter where it is from, these dry wines are best enjoyed young, perfect for an aperitif under the late evening sun, and paired excellently alongside seafood.  Summer plans, anyone?  We have wild caught shrimp on our mind. Our Bottles Team put together this world tour tasting guide of Sauvignon Blanc for you to pick a favorite, or try a few to taste around.  Which will you take home tonight? 


Vette di San Leonardo 2018

Country: Italy | Region: Trentino Alto Adige | Sub Region: Vigneti delle Dolomiti IGT | Organic 

Taking its name from the imposing mountain peaks which surround the San Leonardo Estate, its character reflects the youthful freshness and mineral complexity of the mountain terroir. This aromatic Sauvignon Blanc is straw-yellow color with the typical hints of white peach, green peppercorn over a pleasing note of sage. The palate is dry, full-bodied, with great acidity,  mineral complexity and a polished finish.

Pascal Jolivet Sancerre

Country: France | Region: Loire Valley | Sub Region: Sancerre | Organic

Based in Sancerre, Pascal Jolivet was founded in 1987 and is one of the most dynamic domaines in France’s Loire Valley. Situated 125 miles south of Paris, the Sancerre landscape undulates at an altitude between 650 and 1,300 feet.  Sancerre Sauvignon Blancs are more floral and elegant than wines from other regions.  Sancerre wines are grown on the left (south) bank of the Loire, exhibit more floral aromas and are bone dry. Pale and vibrant in color, this Sancerre is fresh, clean and screaming with racy acidity. On the palate it is fresh and tightly wound; acidity is tempered by very subtle residual sugar; very clean; alive, racy, youthful. Overall, it is a dry and elegant wine.

Scheid Vineyards Estate Grown Sauvignon Blanc

Country: USA | Region: Central Valle | Sub Region: Monterey

Monterey County, with its combination of warm days followed by cool winds in the late afternoon, possesses excellent climatic conditions for this classic varietal. The wine is crafted to be a classic Monterey style—not New Zealand, not Napa and certainly not France. This Sauvignon Blanc has a lively nose of lemon zest and passion fruit with a mouthwatering palate of melon, guava, white peach, Asian pear, and tangerine citrus. Bright acidity lends an incredible freshness to this clean and mineral driven white, making it a great complement for a wide variety of cuisines, but especially oysters and all things from the sea. 

Terra Noble ‘Classic’ Sauvignon Blanc 2019 

Country: Chile | Region:  Central Valley | Sub Region:  Valle Maule

Founded in 1993, TerraNoble has consistently produced high-quality wines that are a rich expression of the unique terroir of Chile. Located in the Maule Valley, Maule is a wine region of contrasts: it is the oldest winemaking region in Chile with some vines close to 200 years old, and yet it is also one of the most innovative and modern when it comes to winemaking techniques. This Sauvignon Blanc, offers an attractive pale yellow color with greenish tones. It has intense attractive tropical fruity aromas, a touch of peach and lots of pineapple. It is a very fresh dry wine. It is medium-bodied, well- structured with a nice balanced natural acidity and a long finish. Ideal as a summer aperitif or with seafood and fish. 

Whitehaven Sauvignon Blanc 2019

Country: New Zealand | Region:  South Island | Sub Region: Marlborough

Whitehaven’s lifted passion fruit, grapefruit, gooseberry, and peach fruit aromas are followed by complex hints of jalapeño, nettle, boxwood and blackcurrant leaf making this a classic Marlborough at first sniff. Smooth and zesty on the palate, Whitehaven features Sauvignon Blanc’s classic characteristics of fresh-snipped greens, white peach and pear blends with hints of tropical fruit, not to mention traditional bright notes of grapefruit and lemongrass. Crisp and refreshing, this superbly structured and balanced Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc captures an abundance of regionally typical blackcurrant and gooseberry flavors that linger. A full flavored, medium-bodied elegant wine, boasting a long, clean dry  finish. Each glass is a perfect accompaniment to summer salads, poultry and shellfish, mussels, lobster and white fish. Serve chilled. 

Wild shrimp. Sauvignon Blanc rinse and repeat.


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