Sauvignon Blanc is one of my favorite wines–it’s flexible, affordable, and a great wine with some of my favorite foods like oysters, chevre goat cheese and french bread, ceasar salad, and pesto with pasta. It’s my go to wine, my always in the fridge or on the shelf wine.
When in doubt, I get the sauvignon blanc out!
After participating in a number of industry tastings, I’m a huge fan of Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand-even the ones that feature a fair amount of gooseberry or cat pee.
Living in California, it’s easy to find locally grown Sauvignon Blanc; a favorite of mine is by Adam Tolmach for his winery, Ojai Vineyards.Aged in oak and priced at $27, it’s a little more expensive and quite a bit more complex than what you might usually find in a grocery store making it well worth it.
So when the invitation came to taste Sauvignon Blanc from the Touraine region of the Loire Valley in France with the TasteLive crew, you can imagine I jumped at the opportunity. Last year, also with TasteLive, I was simply amazed by how good the Vouvray chenin blancs were–such nice crisp acidity and not anything like what I expected.
If you want to learn with us about Sauvignon Blanc from the Loire Valley, check out these links to watch a live webcast and to follow the conversation on Twitter :
TasteLive Special Event Channel: http://tinyurl.com/7co9wzs
TasteLive Blog: http://tinyurl.com/lrjqn5v
Learn about Loire Valley, the region, the wines and the appellations: http://tinyurl.com/mdckjs6
Finally, here are the wines we’ll be tasting tonight at 7pm EST and again at 7pm PST. Mine were shipped from KL so if you want to participate and drink along with us, you might try there for one of these:
2011 La Garrelière “Le Blanc” Sauvignon Blanc Touraine – $16.99
2011 Ricard “Les Trois Chenes” Touraine Blanc – $14.99
2011 Xavier Weisskopf Sauvignon du Touraine – $13.99