Six Wines to Celebrate International Sauvignon Blanc Day

Posted May 06, 2016

Stacy Brody


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Happy International Sauvignon Blanc Day, our unofficial kickoff to summer. Where there's a marketing will, there is a marketing way, and just because it's all a marketing ploy doesn't mean it's not a reason to learn, taste and celebrate!

Plus, it's Friday. It's spring time (though here in New Jersey, I'm keeping my fingers crossed for some better weather). You really didn't want to be in the office this week and you have two glorious days to ahead of you to just relax.

My apologies to those of you who, like me, work retail.


In honor of today's holiday, and in hopes for summer weather coming our way, let's take a world tour with Sauvignon Blanc.

1. Sauvignon Blanc. New Zealand has made its name with Sauvignon Blanc (and Lord of the Rings). No matter what time of year it is, New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc flies off our shelves. It's fun, fresh and reliable.


2. Before it made the long journey to New Zealand - I, too, would journey far for Orlando Bloom - Sauvignon Blanc was grown in France. In the Loire, it flies solo, producing mineral-driven whites. Can't go wrong with a classic Sancerre.


3. In Bordeaux, Sauvignon Blanc's dagger-like acidity is rounded out in blends with Semillon. Here, in a maritime climate, it takes on more tropical notes. With an almost salty, briny ocean influence, this Bordeaux Blanc is one of our best boat wines this season. Saving for a boat - and for more wine? You can always make a neat boat out of paper (see right)


4. For dry white wines, like the boat wine recommended above, Sauvignon Blanc typically dominates the blend. For dessert wines, on the other hand, Sauvignon Blanc takes the role of best supporting actor, providing a much-needed acid boost. (Orlando Bloom won this award from the AOL Moviegoers.) Try Sauternes, either on its own - a sweet way to end the day - or paired with foie gras or cheeses

Wherever there is a cool climate, Sauvignon Blanc will thrive, yielding wines with that mouthwatering acidity, that refreshment we seek in Sauvignon Blanc.
5. The coast of Chile is perfect for Sauvignon Blanc. The Humboldt Current brings up cool waters from the Antarctic. Hello natural air conditioner! With vineyards so close to the coast, this wine takes on some of that oceanic salinity.
6. Last, and not least, a California ringer. Old-world inspired and bursting with new world fruit, this wine is crafted by a sommelier and a winemaker of Tyler fame.
Drink these on your patio. No patio? Throw down a picnic blanket. Stretch out by the pool. This is our unofficial start to summer.
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Highfield Sauvignon Blanc

91 Sam Kim - Wine Orbit

Item: 83026

750 mL

Retail: $19.99

$14.98 per btl

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Chateau Caillou

90 Wine Spectator

Item: 88707

750 mL

Retail: $43.99

$37.99 per btl

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Justin Willett Lieu Dit Sauvignon...

90 Antonio Galloni - Vinous

Item: 90713

750 mL

Retail: $29.99

$21.99 per btl

Item: 93689

750 mL

Retail: $24.99

$18.99 per btl

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Casa Marin Sauvignon Blanc Cipreses...

96 Descorchados - Descorchados

Item: 94306

750 mL

Retail: $29.99

$19.99 per btl

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Chateau Guiraud 'le G De...

90-91 Neal Martin - Robert Parke...

Item: 94454

750 mL

Retail: $19.99

$15.98 per btl