As summer approaches, the only thing better than long weekends is having a slew of back-pocket bottles for impromptu getaways — or Tuesday nights on the patio. Fortunately, for those with ample enthusiasm but limited time or budgets, supermarket wine sections have never been better. We’re not just talking about fancy boutique grocers, either.
Love it, hate it, or love to hate it, New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc is a powerful thing. The grape occupies two-thirds of the country’s vineyards, accounting for a whopping 86 percent of its wine exports. And as a New Zealand national, no wine has ever invoked the feeling of home for me quite like a grassy, […]
Bordeaux, Napa Valley, Tuscany. These are undoubtedly the world’s best-known wine-growing regions. But look beyond the clichéd mainstays and you’ll see that one of the most exciting, diverse, and rapidly expanding grape-growing epicenters is actually below the equator. Way below. For years, Chile has provided the world with a wealth of Cabernet Sauvignons, Chardonnays, Merlots, […]
Sauvignon Blanc is not a cool grape. It’s a classic, certainly, but it isn’t cool. That’s due in part to decades of ubiquity. The third-most popular white grape variety among U.S. consumers, Sauvignon Blanc is found everywhere from grocery stores to romance novels to scented candles. Hailing from New Zealand, France, or sometimes California, it […]
Sancerre is an example of what the right grape in the right terroir can produce. Sauvignon Blanc thrives in Sancerre’s cool continental climate and varied soil types of limestone, chalk, and flint, producing fresh wines with high acidity, crisp, lean fruit and definite minerality. Come discover one of the Loire Valley’s most beautiful gems with […]
Sauvignon Blanc is one of the most distinctive wines around. Blind tastings can challenge even top wine pros but, if Sauvignon Blanc is in the glass, there’s a pretty good chance that you’ll be able to identify it by its sharp, grassy smell. Although Sauvignon Blanc is one of the world’s most common grapes, it […]
Sauvignon Blanc is grown in almost every wine-producing country in the world, which is why every wine drinker knows it well. But you can’t truly comprehend Sauvignon Blanc until you taste examples from France. The truest expression of the grape is grown in some of the country’s cooler areas, such as the vineyards of the […]
We’ve all had that experience where someone serves us two glasses of wine made from the same grape variety that taste completely differently. That’s thanks to the concept of terroir, the all-encompassing term for what makes a wine-producing region unique, based on soil, climate patterns, and geographical features. Terroir is the reason why a glass […]
Here’s an unpopular opinion: I hate New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc. This wine has a tendency to be completely overblown yet somehow also generic-tasting at the same time. Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand is almost always overly fruity, aggressively herbaceous (if you can even categorize that signature jalapeño-cat pee stink as “herbaceous”), and far too boozy.