Well, it’s shaping up to be a bloody hot summer, and what better way to cool off than with some Sauvignon Blanc? Elizabeth requested this tasting quite awhile back, and I can’t think of a better time than the last week of July. Note the venue change: we are going to be going to a new wine bar that just opened in North Portland called Spoke and Vine. The owners are friends of Elizabeth’s and having visited it myself a few times, I think this place has a lot of potential to be a great addition to the Portland wine scene. They have agreed to let us bring bottles and do our regular blind tasting.
Sauvignon Blanc is a white grape that has its origins and original prominence in Bordeaux and the Loire Valley of France, though it is found very widely in many other regions of world, such as New Zealand, Chile, California, Washington, South Africa, Australia, Italy, and others. Sauvignon Blanc tends to be crisp and fresh, and is known for having a distinctive “green” component to it. It can be either blended with other grapes (such as in Bordeaux), or can stand alone as a varietal. It does not tend to be a wine that ages all that well, so generally it is best to drink while young.
Fun fact: Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Franc are the 2 parent grapes of Cabernet Sauvignon, arguably the most famous wine grape in the world.
When looking to purchase Sauvignon Blanc for the tasting, do note that it goes by many different names, a large list of these names is available on Wikipedia. A common one is Fumé Blanc, which tends to be popular especially coming from California. Feel free to bring a bottle with a different name just so long as it is legitimate Sauvignon Blanc. I’m also OK with bringing blends containing Sauvignon Blanc so long as the amount of Sauvignon Blanc in the blend is greater than or equal to 70%. Other than that, the sky is the limit!
I am really looking forward to a night of Sauvignon Blanc. Come join us!
$5 if you bring a bottle $15 to just taste.
We will put the fees in a pot and the winner (whoever brings the best rated
bottle will take home the pot (Minus food expense). Blind Tasting. If we get 20
people to show, the after expense pot should be at least $80, Last week the
winner took home $85.
Exotic meat and cheese plates provided.
Great value event, the last 40 times, everyone has tasted 10+ wines, had exotic meat and cheese plates and the winner has taken home money for bringing the best wine.
Think you know Sauvignon Blanc? Bring a bottle and let's find out.