Sauvignon Blanc & Grenache Drinkers Unite
By Cody Winfrey (Beverage Specialist)
Taste Challenge: Sauvignon Blanc
I am on a mission! A personal mission to lure some Sauvignon Blanc drinkers away from New Zealand. We can all agree there is some great Sauv Blanc from New Zealand, but not all of it. Maybe you've hopped on the very well saturated Kim Crawford train and found your summer wine...
Well, I’m asking that the next time you come into South Lyndale Liquors go ahead and grab that New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc but then also grab something else.
Step 2: Invite a friend over. Drink the Sauvignon Blancs side by side. I guarantee that your mind will be blown by the difference of flavor. This result is because of where it’s grown and how the grape is treated.
Taste Challenge: Grenache
I have to take this personal mission to Grenache as well. Grenache is another varietal that reflects where it is grown quite well. I love Grenache; its one of my very favorite wines. I feel like you need to taste Grenache from everywhere in order to understand what it offer as a wine from around the world.
Grenache is one of the most widely planted red wine grape varieties in the entire world. This varietal ripens late, so it likes to be in hot, dry conditions such as those found in Spain. Wine enthusiasts are not entirely sure, but we belive that Grenache orginated in Spain.
So, from Spain to France to California, the varietal expresses "it's place" in very different ways. But because the grape grows well in a lot of places there is a lot of Grenache to be had.
To me, domestic Grenache is where it’s at right now. I suggest scooping up a Santa Cruz Grenache to have side by side with something from Gigondas or Spain. I really hope this gets those adventurous wine juices flowing.
Next time you stop in, ask for assistance and we will walk you through some of these wines. We will get you there. You have my word. Cheers!