Sauvignon Blanc: The Signature Sip of New Zealand

I have no idea where February went. One day it's January 29 and the next it's March 1 and it gets me every single year. The good news is that it's time again for our monthly Twitter Mom's wine tasting party. Our wine for this month is Brancott Vineyard's Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand. Now for those of you who are already making faces thinking that a Sauvingnon Blanc is going to be sweet, think again.

I was quite suspicious when I tasted my first Sauvignon Blancs from New Zealand and found them as a group fresh and light. I think they're a perfect pairing with a lunch salad and quite lovely on a summer afternoon. They are often described as tasting grassy or citrusy, but don't be put off by that. In general Sauvignon Blanc's from New Zealand are an easy lot to like.

The Brancott is from the Marlborough region which is widely thought to make the best Sauvignon Blancs in the world. This seemed like a good representation of the region at a reasonable price point. Some of the more elite wines from the region retail for $180 a bottle which we thought was a little over the top for our wine party.

So what to eat while you tweet? This wine pairs nicely with the ocean sweetness of shellfish – think oysters or shrimp seasoned with parsley or lemon. If you're looking for a little snack, try putting together a Mediterranean plate featuring hummus, olives and chunks of feta. And if you just want to make it a cheese and cracker event, pick up some sharp cheddar, Gruyère or even some Sonoma jack and see how they bring out the flavors.

See you on Friday! Cheers!

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Comment by Donna Schwartz Mills on February 28, 2010 at 11:04am
So sorry I missed this. I absolutely LOVE Marlborough region Sauvignon Blancs - my favorite white wine!




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