Soothing Sauvignon Blanc - Let's Beat the Heat - BYOB or just Taste

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.

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  • Bob W.

    Guys, SB # 7 in third place was the 2013 Patricia Green Sauvignon Blanc, about $22 / bottle. There are only 50 acres of SB left in the Willamette Valley, and only three producers I'm aware of. Patty's is made from old vines, all stainless steel, no malo lactic.

    1 · August 4

  • Miquelito

    Dan:
    Nice to meet you. The 2013 version of the #1 bottle (Nobilo) is at Totalwine for $7.97.

    1 · August 3

  • Dan M.

    Hi everyone! Sorry to post a bit late. First off, shout out to Spoke and Vine for hosting us, they were wonderful hosts :). We had a snafu with the recording Tuesday where I got some data on how much it cost and where from, but didn't get the actual label. Did anyone get a recording of the labels that they would be willing to share with us?

    First place tie: bottle 9, $16.99 from Market of Choice

    Bottle 5, $20 from Total wines

    Bottle 7, brought by Bob, but he left early so I don't have any info on it. Bob, can you let us know where it's from?

    Thanks guys, had a lot of fun Tuesday, and I'll see you all for Petit Sirah back at the cellar!

    August 2

  • Elizabeth E

    Dan, I know recorded the wines and votes from Tuesday. Can you post??

    August 1

  • Nancy

    Thanks for organizing this! It was great. (Didn't make it onto the Yes RSVP list). I will definitely attend another one in the future. Love the idea. Thanks Dan and Arlene.

    July 30

  • Rebecca

    Love to, but !!family!! (but of course) decided to land unexpectedly. Hate to miss my absolute FAVORITE summer white, but can't wait for the results!!! Keep me posted!!!

    July 29

  • Bob W.

    Sauvignon Blanc is usually listed with the noble grapes, like chardonnay and cabernet in the classic texts. BUT . . .

    Sauvignon blanc that tastes like fresh cut grass, cat pee, or those kinds of flavors, are flawed. Those flavors are a problem, not a feature. Only high-cropped, machine-picked sauv blanc from indifferent growers will show those terrible flavors. Good sauv blanc will have zippy acidity with citrus, lemon zest, lime juice, even all the way to tropical notes such as pineapple. They are dry. AND . . .

    A POX on anyone bringing an oaked version, unless it was made by Didier Dageneau. This is another one of those Bob opinions, but oaky sauv blanc is an aberration. (By the way, you should have tasted (or not) some of the horribly oaky RIESLINGS at last weekends Riesling Invasion. Yuck to oaky reisling, too.)

    July 28

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