Sauvignon Blanc Day varies from calendar to calendar.
Whatever your calendar says, it doesn’t matter to us — it just gives us more days to celebrate it!
Sauvignon blanc is an international white grape that was born in Bordeaux, France. It’s now planted around the world but really came into its own back in the 1970’s when a bunch of New Zealand winemakers starting producing more fruit-forward versions and their creations earned them critical acclaim.
Today, sauvignon blanc is now one of the most widely planted grapes in the world and has become one of the most popular wines.
And its pretty easy to pick out in a glass. It’s generally very light in color and tastes of citrus, like grapefruit, lemon and lime. And there is often an herbal, grassy quality when you breathe it in.
A Quick Word on Fumé Blanc: Back in the 1960’s California’s sauvignon blanc wines were very sweet and had a really bad rap. But the late Robert Mondavi believed they could do better. He decided to create a higher-quality sauvignon blanc that was much drier and more like the French version. And, to disassociate it with the local wines, he gave it a suave French name: Fumé Blanc, which is still used interchangeably today.
So serve it cold, at 50-55 degrees, and pour it all the time — especially with oysters, fried chicken or salads. It’s the perfect summertime wine!
Happy Everyday-is-#SauvBlanc Day!
Here are three to get you started but let us know your favorites!
St. Supery Sauvignon Blanc ($19) Napa Valley, California
Dog Point Sauvignon Blanc ($20) Marlborough, New Zealand
Domaine Cote Blanches Sancerre ($19) Loire, France
Tracy Byrnes, former FOX Business Network anchor and host of “Wine with Me” for Foxnews.com, is editor-in-chief and chief contributor of The Sip.