Sauvignon Blanc from around the world

By Barbara Keck ·



It’s not like we really need a special day to enjoy Sauvignon Blanc, but the wine industry designated one recently. And, so we gathered an interesting selection of Sauvignon Blanc from various wine regions of the world, and proceeded to taste them.

I started with a Sancerre, which has long been my favorite white wine with fish. It pairs so magnificently with New England lobster that I can’t imagine going to Boston and having lobster there without a bottle of Sancerre at the table.

The Sancerre I chose is the Domaine de la Perriere Sancerre 2013, produced by Saget La Perrier, a leading premium winery in the Loire Valley of France. Managed now for nine generations of Saget family owners, currently the brothers Jean-Louis Saget and Christian Saget were brought up in the vineyards and learned to respect the soil and the vines from a young age.  Their love is reflected in this Sancerre.

This is a dry, white wine with flowery fruit flavors that linger for a long time on the palate, and the characteristic minerality that defines most Sauvignon Blanc, along with a somewhat grassy aroma. 12.5 percent alcohol. Suggested retail price is $24.99.

Next up, the Dashwood Sauvignon Blanc 2013 hails from New Zealand’s Marlborough region, where the winds whip through the valleys each day and where towering mountains frame the vineyards. Dashwood produces wines that are certified as sustainably grown, in vineyards in the Awatere and Wairau sub-regions of Marlborough. This Sauvignon Blanc has an incredible aroma and a wonderful structure. The fruit flavor is bright, fresh and zesty. You’ll taste stone fruit like apple and pear, citrus, and some tropical flavors, too. 13 percent alcohol. Suggested retail price is $14.99.

Casablanca, Chile, is the next wine region for our Sauvignon Blanc Day celebration. The Los Vascos Sauvignon Blanc 2013 is a result of the vision of Domaines Barons de Rothschild (Lafite) to expand its estate by growing in South America. Los Vascos was the first French viticultural investment in modern Chile.

This is a fine wine at a moderate price. The Los Vascos Sauvignon Blanc is lively and refreshing with a perfect balance of fruit and acidity. The spring and early summer of 2013 were cold in Casablanca, and the resulting late harvest yielded aromatic grapes. The winemaker chose to express these remarkable aromas in this wine, and the bouquet is of lemon, grapefruit and exotic fruit, with an aroma we don’t often get in other Sauvignon Blancs: boxwood. Really scrumptious. 13 percent alcohol. Suggest retail price of $13.99. Grab some for the summer; you won’t regret it.


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Barbara Keck
Barbara started writing for newspapers when she was 14 and continues to write, most recently the “Wineries of the Sierra Foothills” book published by Range of Light Media, parent company of The Tahoe Weekly. Barbara wrote the wine column for the Weekly for many years, and contributes occasional tidbits on tourism and entertainment topics. A long marketing consulting career that included extensive international travel led her to conclude that Lake Tahoe is one of the most beautiful places on earth. Almost 20 years of enjoying the seasons on the West Shore of Lake Tahoe has confirmed her belief.