With picture-perfect weather this past weekend, let’s talk about a French white-wine grape variety that exudes a bright spring or summer day. Not only is it sunshine in a glass, but it can usually be found at a great price ($8-$15). The grape variety we are talking about here is Sauvignon Blanc, and it can be characterized as light, crisp, lively, flavorful and fruity, grassy, herbaceous, and even cat-pee (aroma found in some Loire Valley examples). The Loire Valley holds historic claim to producing two classic and popular examples of Sauvignon Blanc in the villages of Sancerre and Pouilly Fumé, some of which are my personal favorites. New Zealand has set a recent trend of its own, however, producing a crisper, lively, and aromatic example highlighted by oodles of fresh citrus and tropical fruit flavors up front. This style of wine has quite the following, and with prices as low as $8.99 a bottle, the trend will continue to grow as other regions outside of New Zealand are aiming for the signature kiwi style. Elegance can be found in the white wines of Bordeaux produced from the Sauvignon Blanc grape in areas such as Graves. More fuller-bodied and rich examples can be found in California, where the innovative wine pioneer Robert Mondavi coined the term Fumé Blanc. Fumé Blanc is a wine produced from the Sauvignon Blanc grape that is aged in oak, and is usually dry and fuller bodied with less acidity. The Virginia examples I have tasted in the past center around the aforementioned styles, in my opinion. I recall tasting some nice examples at Linden Vineyards, Pearmund Cellars, and Naked Mountain Vineyards, to name a few. On a trip to Loudoun wine country this past weekend, I visited with Doukénie Winery and enjoyed a glass of their newly released Sauvignon Blanc 2007, which we will briefly talk about below. As you can see, I enjoyed my glass under sunny skies by the winery pond.
Price: $18 Alcohol Percentage: 14% Enclosure: Real Cork
Info: Doukenie Winery, 14727 Mountain Rd, Purcellville VA 20132
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