Ahead of Sauvignon Blanc Day on Saturday 6 May 2023, find out why we celebrate the day, what makes this grape variety special, what you can expect from a typical Sauvignon Blanc.
#SauvBlancDay was created in 2010 by St Supéry Estate Vineyards and Winery in Napa Valley, California. The day offers SB drinkers a special day to celebrate their favourite bottles of this aromatic white variety with thousands of others worldwide.
Its name comes from the French words “sauvage” (wild) and “blanc” (white), thanks to its easy-growing origins in the Bordeaux region of France, where it was said to grow like a weed!
It is known as Fumé Blanc in the US, named by famous winemaker Robert Mondavi in the 1960s, who wanted to create a distinction between the oak-aged Sauvignon Blanc coming out of the US (“New World” Sauvignon Blanc) rather than the “Old World” version aged in steel tanks. It is not as commonly aged in oak today.
It is currently the eighth-most planted wine grape globally. It is grown and produced in France, New Zealand, Chile, Romania, South Africa, the United States, Australia, Bulgaria, Canada and Spain.
Have you ever noticed similar characteristics between Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Sauvignon, like grass, green pepper, or asparagus?
Sauvignon Blanc is actually the “parent” of Cabernet Sauvignon; it crossbred with Cabernet Franc to create what is now the most widely grown wine grape in the world!
Sauvignon Blanc is commonly blended with Sémillion in France and Australia, as its fresh, zesty profile and ability to age offer balance and structure.
Sauvignon Blanc is not typically high in alcohol and generally designed to be enjoyed young and vibrant, rather than cellared.
The perfect way of drinking Sauvignon Blanc is with the state-of-the-art Riedel Sauvignon glass.
The glass offers freshness and intensity on the nose, a harmonious palate, with an excellent balance of fruit and acidity, and a minerally finish.
The beautiful wine glass stands out with a diamond-shaped bowl of extremely thin crystal and a narrow, tall stem.
From the Riedel Veloce series, the Sauvignon Blanc glass features a 100mm diameter base inscribed with the designated grape variety.
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