Today is World Sauvignon Blanc Day

21 Jun

That’s right, chicas y chicos, another wine holiday! Can I get a salud?

Today is World Sauvignon Blanc Day, and there’s  an all-day party on Twitter (#SauvBlanc). To commemorate this auspicious occasion, I’ll be tasting four different Sauvignon Blancs from all corners of the world: Chile, New Zealand, France and California.

Did somebody say fiesta?

Sauvignon Blanc has a special place in my heart because it’s the first wine my husband and I discovered together when we were dating. If you join the celebration today, you’ll see why it’s so easy to love. Who knows, you may even channel your inner Señorita Vino and find true romance over a glass. (El Disclaimer: Señorita Vino makes no guarantees that you will find your soulmate today. So don’t quit the Match.com membership just yet).

There’s a Sauvignon Blanc for almost every palate. If you’re a passionfruit and nectarine kind of chica (or chico), try a Sauv Blanc from New Zealand’s Marlborough region. Oyster Bay is one of my personal favorites; you can find it for around $10 at a wine shop or grocery store.

New Zealand is credited with starting the Sauvignon Blanc revolution in the 1970s.

Love the refreshing scent of grapefruit and fresh cut grass? Northern California has some beautiful Sauvignon Blancs with fresh citrus and herbal aromas. St. Supery is the California Sauv Blanc that my husband and I bonded over, and it happens to be the first wine club I ever joined back in 2000, the year my husband caved to relentless nagging and asked me to marry him. (El Full Disclosure: St. Supery was kind enough to provide this bottle for today’s festivities. And no, it’s not because I’m a member of their wine club. In fact, they had no idea I was a member until I did an El Full Disclosure on them and said so. Aren’t you glad I’m so ethical? St. Supery, you guys ROCK. And no, they didn’t pay me to say that.)

California Sauvignon Blancs feature herbal and citrus notes.

If you like mineral notes with olive and lemon aromas, France’s Loire Valley produces Savignon Blanc in the classic style. I found this one at Total Wine for $13.99.

A classic style from France, the birthplace of Sauvignon Blanc.

Last but certainly not least, if you’re looking for a lighter-bodied wine (less alcohol) that you can sip casually on its own, you may want to show your amor for one of our own by trying a Chilean Sauvignon Blanc. A complete steal at $5.99.

Me encantan los vinos chilenos.

You’ll hear people describe Sauvignon Blanc as having some characteristics beyond the aromas and flavors mentioned above. Bear in mind that the country in which the wine was made will have a big influence on what flavors you’ll detect. Some people can smell guava, cilantro, fig, bell pepper, lemongrass and dill. If you’re drinking a Sauvignon Blanc that was aged in oak, you’ll notice some aromas that are associated with wood, such as vanilla and sweet spices.

One scent that you may also detect is kitty pee. Yep, you read it right, and no, I don’t make this stuff up. Sounds weird, I know, but I have actually smelled this in some Sauvignon Blancs, and it’s not a flaw (nor did they let the cats loose in the winery); it’s just a characteristic of the grape.

“Can I get some sardines with my Sauvignon Blanc?”

On that note, let’s talk food pairing. The crisp acidity of Sauvignon Blanc can act as a palate cleanser, making it a perfect starter. That same acidity makes it a good match for salads with vinaigrette dressings, and it ‘cuts’ through foods with cream or butter-based sauces. It’s also a great match for ethnic foods with a little kick, like Thai or Indian dishes. The wine’s lower alcohol content feels refreshing after the burn from spicy-hot seasonings. And it goes great with guacamole.

Sauvignon Blanc complements just about every cheese I love. For you purists, the classic pairing is Sauvignon Blanc with a French chèvre, or goat cheese. The acidity in the wine matches the tang in cheeses made with goats’ milk.

So there you have it. Stop reading, go pour yourself a glass of Sauvignon Blanc and join the fiesta. ¡Salud!

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24 Responses to “Today is World Sauvignon Blanc Day”

  1. Alba Garza June 21, 2012 at 7:31 am #

    SInce I am nursing I cannot have a glass, but thanks for the info.

  2. whineandcheersforwine June 21, 2012 at 7:33 am #

    Reblogged this on WhineAndCheersForWine and commented:
    HAPPY WORLD SAUVIGNON DAY! Check out this great post from Senorita Vino.

    • Pamela June 21, 2012 at 7:47 am #

      Gracias, Ernesto! You, too!

  3. jameshansen June 21, 2012 at 7:51 am #

    I don’t know how you do it Senorita Vino. Your wonderful features just get better and better! And, your photography is outstanding.

    Senor Jim

  4. Pattie @Living Mi Vida Loca June 21, 2012 at 7:56 am #

    awesome! I recently received a bottle and I’m going to pop it open today to celebrate. Any excuse, right?

    p.s. love the fotos

    • Pamela June 21, 2012 at 9:04 pm #

      Gracias, Pattie! Enjoy!

  5. the drunken cyclist June 21, 2012 at 7:59 am #

    Great post and I had no idea it was World SB Day! Thanks to whineandcheersforwine for directing me here. I will now have to put some SB in the fridge for tonight….
    Cheers!

    • Pamela June 21, 2012 at 10:46 am #

      God bless whoever decided to create wine holidays. Thanks for reading, and enjoy your SB. ¡Salud!

  6. Maria June 21, 2012 at 8:01 am #

    Cool post. I’m ready to try the different varieties. See you on Twitter.

    • Pamela June 21, 2012 at 10:46 am #

      See you there, Maria!

  7. thewashingtonvine June 21, 2012 at 2:46 pm #

    Just stumbled upon your blog! LOVE IT! And glad I found this particular one too. I’m not a big Sauv Blanc fan, but I found one by Cuvaison there in Napa that I LOVE! It’s the grassy I really like. So I’ll keep a look out for your fave by St. Supery :) Thank you! And since you’ve enlightened me to today’s wine holiday, I may uncork the Sauv Blanc I have from Lone Canary and write me review on it instead. Thanks again!

    • Pamela June 21, 2012 at 3:03 pm #

      And we LOVE YOU, Jennifer! Thanks so much for reading and I’m happy you found us. Enjoy the Lone Canary and I do hope you can find some St. Supery. Cheers/Salud!

  8. Ruby DW (@RubyDW) June 21, 2012 at 5:09 pm #

    Yay! Although I have never tried I keep hearing amazing things about this wine. SALUD!

  9. unknownmami June 21, 2012 at 5:40 pm #

    I love the salad pairing idea. It sounds like a refreshing combo.

  10. Mercedes @BeChicMag June 21, 2012 at 7:14 pm #

    Que rico!

  11. Comiendo en LA June 21, 2012 at 7:22 pm #

    I dind’t know this!!! Voy abriendo mi botellita para celebrar!

    • Monterey Wine Scene June 21, 2012 at 8:52 pm #

      First day of summer joy! Alas, I didn’t celebrate. Love the post!

      • Pamela June 21, 2012 at 9:05 pm #

        Thank you so much for reading! And remember, every day is a holiday when wine is involved. Salud!

  12. Sujeiry June 25, 2012 at 12:25 pm #

    I don’t know much about wine so I had no idea there were no many variations of Sauvignon Blanc. I’d love to try the passion fruit flavored. You can keep the one with less alcohol lol.

  13. Rachel Mátos (@theartmuse) June 25, 2012 at 2:25 pm #

    Salad pairing – Love! Especially during the summer.

  14. Chile Copa de Vino June 26, 2012 at 12:31 pm #

    Try Casa Del Bosque Sav Blanc from Chile I think it’s the best from the Casablanca Valley. Now Leyda Valley is producing great minerally Sav Blancs.

  15. The Wise Latina Club (@wiselatinaclub) June 30, 2012 at 3:28 pm #

    Firstly, yes, you get a ¡salud! from me every day because you are witty and clever. I love Sauv Blanc, a recent development given that I was a red wine purist for years. Last summer on a scorching, sticky DC day I went white and never went back, even through the winter. I love Sauv Blanc, more than other whites because its gentle, light, and bright. Truly sensational review!

    • Pamela July 2, 2012 at 11:46 am #

      Mil gracias for the kind words, Wise Latina! And I’m delighted that you enjoy Señorita Vino’s brand of wine education. I applaud you for putting out the flames of a caluroso DC day with Sauv Blanc. You’re a wise woman, indeed! ¡Salud!

  16. Rachel July 1, 2012 at 11:58 am #

    Ay que rico! I love this white wine. Makes me want to go out and get a bottle now. :)

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