Tag Archives: Sauvignon Blanc

Regional Profile: Santa Maria Valley

Where: “Part One” of Santa Barbara County, Santa Maria Valley AVA occupies the northeastern quadrant of this roughly rectangular county. Mountains hem both the top and bottom of the appellation, and fog and wind funnel straight into Santa Maria from … Continue reading

Regional Profile: Napa Valley

Where: Saddled between the Mayacamas Mountains to the west and the Vaca range to the east, Napa Valley is an hour’s drive northeast from San Francisco. It’s an American Viticultural Area within northern California’s Napa County, and it houses 16 … Continue reading

Regional Profile: Hunter Valley

Where: Hunter Valley is technically a “zone” within the state of New South Wales (on the southeastern side of Australia, a quick two-hour jaunt north of Sydney). It’s a river valley in between the Tasman Sea and the Brokenback Range. … Continue reading

Regional Profile: Casablanca Valley

Where: About halfway down the length of the skinny, seaside country of Chile, the Casablanca Valley rests only 20 miles from the ocean. It’s technically a sub-region of the larger Aconcagua region.   What: Vines weren’t even planted in Casablanca until the … Continue reading

Regional Profile: Marlborough

Where: The northeast tip of New Zealand’s south island.    What: This is the “New World” home for Sauvignon Blanc: pungent, forward, exotic, full of tropical passionfruit and grapefruit, punched up with peppery notes of jalapeño and grassy herbs. There … Continue reading

Regional Profile: Sancerre

Where: In the easternmost section of France’s Loire Valley, eyeing Pouilly-Fumé directly across the River Loire. Chablis is roughly a two-hour drive northeast, while Paris is about two and a half hours due north.   What: This is France’s hallowed … Continue reading

Winery Profile: Clos Roche Blanche

Who: Clos Roche Blanche   What: Free-Thinking Radical, Dedicated to the Dirt   Where: Touraine (Loire Valley, France)   Why: Because Clos Roche Blanche’s winemaker Didier Barrouillet will come right out and tell you that he thinks the concept of … Continue reading

Winery Profile: The Scholium Project

Who: The Scholium Project   What: Scholars of Exploration, Undertaking the Overlooked   Where: Scattered vineyards throughout northern California   Why: Because Abe Schoener is like a giddy, wide-eyed child, always ready to experience anything, always up for any adventure … Continue reading

Back to Basics: Food and Wine Pairings – Vegetables

Ahh, Springtime! It might be my favorite time of year. Except for maybe summer. Or possibly fall… But really, I love when the market fills up again with fresh green vegetables, all punchy and bright, reinvigorating and refreshing. Actually, those … Continue reading

Winery Profile: François Chidaine

Who: François Chidaine   What: Loire Sage Unleashing Terroir and Making It Reign   Where: Touraine (Loire, France)   Why: Because he’s been working biodynamically since 2003, but you won’t find him shouting about it, and you won’t find any … Continue reading