Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Tasting Room Talk: Sauvignon Blanc

As I drive to the dry cleaners today I am reminded of Sauvignon Blanc. Here's what www.epicurious.com (one of my favorite online wine dictionaries) has to say about it:

"[SOH-vihn-yohn BLAHN, SOH-vee-nyawn BLAHNGK]
White wine grape that is widely cultivated in France and California. It's also grown in Italy, eastern Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and South America. Sauvignon Blanc wines have noticeable acidity and a grassy, herbaceous aroma and flavor. They are crisp, flavorful wines that generally should be drunk young. The best of the French wines made from 100 percent Sauvignon Blanc grapes are produced in the Loire Valley at Sancerre and Pouilly-Fume. They are crisp and tart, sometimes with a noticeable flinty characteristic. The elegant dry wines from Bordeaux-primarily from Graves-are a blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon that's been aged in oak barrels."

So why does this come to mind now? Well, what epicurious.com doesn't add here is that Sauvignon Blanc can also take on a slight "cat-pee" odor, which is not entirely objectionable by some. I, on the other hand, do object to the strong cat pee odor which comes from real cats. Namely our cat, "Shadow" who has managed to cost me another $45 to dry clean our bedding. Thus, if any of you have a abnormally high penchant for this aroma in Sauvignon Blanc, boy do I have a cat for you.


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