For many years Marlborough, New Zealand was widely considered to be too cold for grape growing. That is, until Brancott chose it as the site for their vineyards to plant Sauvignon Blanc. The result was such a wonderful, unique wine that it paved the way for the now famous Marlborough region, where Sauvignon Blanc is king! The cool climates and sandy soils bring out the crisp, tropical flavors. The most distinguishing characteristics seen in wine from this region are notes of fresh peaches and grapefruit peel.
Although some wine-lovers argue that Marlborough produces the absolute best Sauv Blanc in the world, there are many who argue otherwise. The grape is believed to have originated in France and it certainly hasn’t left! The Domaine Philippe Girard of Verdigny in Sancerre AOC dates all the way back to the 1700s, but it wasn’t until the 1960s that the family decided to share their wines with the world and make them commercially available. Regions like Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé are just as famous as Marlorough for having some of the finest Sauvignon Blanc in the world. Wine Enthusiast Magazine says “The white wines of [Sancerre] tend to be sleekly structured with acidity and citrus, mineral and herb aromatics.”
But it doesn’t stop there! California is home to many of the most well known grape varietals and Sauvignon Blanc definitely has a presence. Vineyards like Charles Krug and Wente aim to produce outstanding value Sauvignon Blancs, both under $20 a bottle. The same can be said for many regions in Chile. Clearly, Sauvignon Blanc has been enjoyed throughout the world for many vintages and from many different regions. To celebrate the global appeal for this grape, May 6th has been made International Sauvignon Blanc Day! We’ll be celebrating with outstanding value Sauv Blancs! How about you?