Yep it's that time of year again when we celebrate the wondrous grape of Sauvignon Blanc! April 24th is officially World Sauvignon Blanc Day! #sauvblanc
This grape is so crisp, fresh and easy to love...as things start warming up this Spring / Summer I certainly plan on keeping my fridge stocked with plenty of Savvy to keep thirst at bay!
Being the New Zealand Wine Buyer at K&L I am obviously partial to the world class Savvy that NZ produces. After exploding on the world stage in the 1980s, New Zealand has truly cemented its place amongst the world’s leading producers of Sauvignon Blanc. One thing I like to highlight is the variety of styles that come from NZ...the country is often incorrectly stereotyped as a producer of "gooseberry / grassy styles" when in reality, there are many diverse and eclectic styles coming from the plethora of sub-regions and experimental winemakers that call NZ home. It is very hard to "pigeon hole" NZ savvy these days when styles include, wild fermented, barrel fermented, additions of Semillon, Sauvignon Gris...not to mention many wines coming from beyond the region of Marlborough that has for a long time dominated the category; Central Otago, Hawke’s Bay and more offer different flavors and textures to enjoy.
If you love Sauv Blanc (as much as I do!) and are interested in checking out these incredibly diverse wines...I have a treat for you! On Saturday April 25th, the New Zealand Winegrowers Association is hosting a great event at the fantastic Farallon Restaurant in San Francisco. The tasting includes at least two dozen wineries pouring their Savvy and a tantalizing array of hors d'oeuvres from the chefs at Farallon! This is a 3 hour walk-around tasting where you are free to explore as many wines as you wish. Tickets are available here...and more information about the event here on the NZWG website.
Many of these delicious wines are available in-store and online at www.klwines.com.
Here are a couple of my favorite picks that will be on my short list this summer:
Wishing you all a cool, crisp and refreshing Sauv Blanc Day!
Cheers - Ryan Woodhouse (K&L NZ Wine Buyer)