[Free stuff by Wilfrid: July 2, 2012]
So I bet you all missed National Sauvignon Blanc Day. June 21st. I know, I nearly did too, but I managed to pop a cork, thanks to the guys at Pasternak Wines.
I envisaged working my way through everything they sent me, and posting learned tasting notes. Trouble is, I don't think my notes would have been all that learned if I'd done all the wines justice on June 21st.
Here's a check list: Morro Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2009 (California); Goldwater Sauvignon Blanc 2010 (New Zealand); Lafite Reserve Speciale Bordeaux Blanc 2010 (France); Los Vascos Sauvignon Blanc 2011 (Chile); Jaja Sauvignon Blanc 2010 (France); La Petite Perriere 2011 (France). Not all 100% sauvignon blanc, of course -- the Lafite Reserve, for example, is dominated by Semillon (60%) -- but a consistent theme of fresh, appetizing fruit.
There are some values here. The Pays d'Oc Le Jaja, which I opened immediately, partly because I liked the label, is a crisp, peachy steal at $8 retail. Refreshing. The Lafite Reserve has the acid of a food wine, good to go with the grill. The Goldwater -- top of the price range here at around $15 -- has a peppery bite and a longer finish.
Maybe sauvignon blanc is the new... rosé? I don't know -- but it's very easy to drink.