Today is International Sauvignon Blanc Day! Wine drinkers around the world are celebrating with a refreshingly crisp glass of wine from the green-skinned grape, so named from the French word sauvage, meaning wild and blanc, meaning white.
Pipi de Chat? Mais, Oui!
A classic descriptor of Sauvignon Blanc is “cat pee” on the nose. Some describe it more politely as “cat box;” others as cat piss. And some like to dress it up with a bit of French declaring it “pipi de chat.” While some Sauvignon Blanc styles have a nose that only a Cat Lady could love, many are more accurately described as citrus leaning toward grapefruit and freshly cut grass.
Associated originally with the Bordeaux region of France, Sauvignon Blanc is also a component of the famous dessert wines from Sauternes and Barsac. Produced from both Old and New World vines, Sauvignon Blanc is widely cultivated in France, Chile, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Brazil, Moldova and California.
Best served slightly chilled, it pairs well with soft mild cheeses, like chevre, as well as a mixed seafood ceviche. If you prefer traditional wine to sake, Sauvignon Blanc is also an excellent complement to sushi. One of the first wines to be bottled with a screw-cap, it is meant to be drunk young, with many favorites coming from the Marborough region of New Zealand.
This year we have several SBs to try: including Root: 1 from Casablanca Valley in Chile, Gary Farrell 2010 Sauvignon Blanc from Redwood Ranch in Sonoma County, 2011, Dashwood Sauvignon Blanc from Marlborough, New Zealand, Hall T Bar T Ranch from Alexander Valley, Benziger Sauvignon Blanc from Sonoma County, and Cornerstone Cellars Stepping Stone Napa Valley Cuvee Musque. Others from our friends at Pasternak Wine Imports are on their way, but didn’t make it here in time for our picture. To read about some Sauvignon Blancs we’ve enjoyed in the past, see our reviews on those from Cornerstone Cellars, Sacre Blue, Hall Wines and as the majority grape in Bedrock Wine Company’s Cuvee Caritas blend.
I also purchased a little Sauvignon Blanc vine this year from Central Market’s Passport to France. It grows best in full sun, and we shall see if I can actually keep it growing in the Texas heat.
To read more about a cat only a wino could love, see our post from last year’s Sauvignon Blanc day here.
To join in the festivities, check out the Event Bright invitation, To see what others are saying, search for #SauvBlanc on twitter. Or share your own thoughts, by adding #SauvBlanc to your twitter posts.