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Sonoma Sauvignon Blanc

Gooseberry and pleasing freshly-cut grass in a lively white wine from northern California.

At one end of the spectrum, Sauvignon Blanc can be ripely fruity and, at the other, tart and dry. The styles from Sonoma lie somewhere in the middle with vibrant green fruit, freshly mown grass and tones of new hay in a wine with a deep texture thanks to mineral-rich soils. Winery techniques can also add smoky hints and a creamy feel to some Sonoma Sauvignon Blanc. Crisp and refreshing, this white is perfect on its own or served with fish and light meats plus is perfect for vegan and vegetarian cuisine.

Sauvignon Blanc is an aromatic variety with pure, concentrated fruit that vintners are careful to preserve in the winery. Much of this white has no oak treatment but, where it does, it’s used sparingly to add texture and depth rather than oaky notes. Wines sometimes rest on their lees of yeast for a richer texture but this technique is also carried out meticulously so as not to mask the signature fruit of this popular grape. Sauvignon Blanc loves cooler spots and it’s found several homes across the super-diverse wine region of Sonoma. Dry Creek Valley boasts a style with tropical fruit notes thanks to intense sunlight, while Alexander Valley turns out a lighter wine with good mineral hints from gravelly soils.

Fun Fact: Sauvignon Blanc is the second-most widely planted white wine grape in Sonoma County, second only to Chardonnay.

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