Its late summer, the weather is still hot (and muggy depending on where you are). There is definitely a good way to escape the heat, take a break from work, and just enjoy. A very Zen experience – a cool glass of Sauvignon Blanc and a sandwich. If you set yourself up with a nice Turkey on Rye, a glass of very cool Sauvignon Blanc, and go sit in an outdoor spot (maybe in the shade) you’ll catch a bit of the reason why people get hooked on wines. Many wine folks will tell you that wine too cool hides “flaws” and doesn’t allow the wine to have it full character. When it comes to summer, Sauvignon, and a sandwich forget all that – you need it nice and cool to give you that refreshing taste on top of the standard wine and food experience.
Sauvignon Blanc (sometimes called FumÈ Blanc) is pretty well known for being very “food friendly”, meaning you can almost envision the food you want to eat it with rather than wasting time trying to pick out the subtle tastes hidden in the layers. The sauvignon blanc grape is found in France, in the Loire Valley (Sancerre and Pouilly-Fume) and Bordeaux (see “Can Anything Save French Wine” for my view on the French not just calling it Sauvignon Blanc). However, my favorites are from New Zealand and California. Other new world producers include Australia, South Africa, and Chile. In Bordeaux, it is blended with the semillon grape to produce both fine dry wines (Graves) and the great sweet wines of Sauterne and Barsac.
One of the most interesting facts about this wine is that to foster the summertime, refreshing taste most producers age the wine in stainless steel barrels for relatively short amounts of time, generally only a few months as opposed to 18 to 24 months in the case of some red wines.
The best part of all this – and one of the main reasons Vivi’s really loves this combo – is the friendly price of Sauvignon Blanc. Once ridiculed as a “poor man’s Chardonnay”, many good Sauvignon Blancs can be bought for under $20.
So before Fall rolls in, while its still hot, grab your sandwich, get outside, and Enjoy the Wine Life!