Sauvignon Blanc

Oh, if only the choice of wine was as simple as deciding between red and white. In actuality, there are several thousand varieties of both ‘reds’ and ‘whites’ to choose from.

For the month of July, we will turn our focus to white wine varietals and share with you some of our favorites.

Sauvignon Blanc, one of the most distinctive grapes, is a highly aromatic variety that does well in both the old and new world.  From the Loire Valley of France to Marlborough in New Zealand, Sauvignon Blanc has found many regions that bring out it unique and delicious flavors.

 

Sauvignon Blanc’s home is the Loire Valley of France, where it produces the crisp, grassy mineral-tinged wines of Sancerre and Pouilly Fume (not to be mistaken with Pouilly Fuisse in Burgundy – that would be Chardonnay). Wine of this region is crisp and grassy, with delicious minerality and an occasional gun flint/smokey character. In the 1970’s, New Zealand planted its first cuttings of Sauvignon Blanc, which in turn brought the country to the forefront of the wine world. In New Zealand, the variety exudes its typical crisp acidity, as well as pungent passion fruit and grapefruit aromas and flavors. In California, Sauvignon Blanc is produced both in stainless steel (like New Zealand and France) and with a touch of oak. The wooded versions maintain the acidity of the grape but tone down the intense citrus flavors with subtle oak characteristics. Winemakers differ in their addition or choice of oak.

 

Few recommendations you will find locally around Vermont. As always you can contact us directly at info@fdcvt.com

Ava Grace Sauvignon Blanc, California
Benziger Sauvignon Blanc, North Coast
Clifford Bay Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough
Dom du Salvard Sauvignon Blanc Unique, Loire
Dom Fournier Sancerre Les Belles Vignes, Loire
Frog’s Leap Sauvignon Blanc, Rutherford
Gnarly Head Sauvignon Blanc, Monterey
Guenoc Winery Sauvigno Blanc, California
Imagery Esate Sauvignon Blanc, California
Merry Edwards Sauvignon Blanc, Russian River Valley
Noble Vines 242 Sauvignon Blanc, California
Sileni Estates Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough

 

Sparkling Wines

Sparkling wine is (arguably) the most technical wine in the world.

What makes the stuff so technical is that it undergoes not just one fermentation (to make the alcohol) but a second fermentation to make bubbles!  Throughout the entire winemaking process, the winemaker has a lot of choices to make that will greatly affect the way the final wine tastes. And this is how we’ve come to discover sparkling wine’s many styles.

There are two primary techniques and understanding these will help you find your dream bubbly!

The Reductive sparkling wine method preserves much of the fruit and floral character of the wine possible. During this process less oxygen is introduced during the winemaking process – hence the term reductive.  The dry, lean and zesty styles are made with grapes like Chardonnay and Pinot Noir; Light, dry, fruity and floral styles due to the grapes blended into the wine (like Pinot Grigio in Italy); The sweet and perfumed wines are either sweetened during the dosage portion of winemaking or are made with grapes like Muscat.

Wines with the  Autolytic and Oxidative technique come out tasting rich and creamy.  The idea behind this technique is to enhance the wine with qualities of aging.  As you’ve probably guessed, autolytic sparkling wines are a more expensive process in terms of time and resources, which is why they tend to cost more (although great values can be found!). Seek out wines with an “extended tirage” which means they’ve rested on their lees a long time. This helps add to the creaminess. Then, look into the wine’s production. Many of the nuttiest sparkling wines are fermented in oak barrels.

 

Few recommendations you will find locally. As always you can contact us directly at info@fdcvt.com

 

Bouvet-Ladubay Signature Brut, France
Caposaldo Prosecco Brut, Veneto
Champalou Vouvray Brut, Loire
Chloe Wine Collection Prosecco, Veneto
Cupcake Vineyards Prosecco, Veneto
Jean Louis Blanc de Blancs, France  187ml
Jean Louis Blanc de Blancs, France  750ml
Kraemer Brut, France
Lucien Albrecht Cremant d’Alsace Brut Rose, Alsace
Roederer Esate Brut, Anderson Valley
Sofia Brut Rose, California
Sommariva Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore Brut, Veneto