Summer Heat calls for a light Sauvignon Blanc
Hello PostiveVines followers! I’m back to share more about great wines and spirits. Summer is one of my favorite times of year and I’ve been out and about on short trips sharing new wines at tastings across Texas.
When the temperature climbs above 95º, most of us slow down and find a smooth refreshing drink. Sauvignon Blanc is a great summer varietal that I enjoy serving. This varietal started in the South West Region of France and is also widely grown in the US and New Zealand. Today I will focus on a Sauvignon Blanc from Bogle Vineyards. This California wine producing family focuses on sustainable farming practices. They produce high quality wines at wallet friendly prices.
PositiveVines’ Helpful Tip: The Sauvignon Blanc varietal probably got its name from two French words – Sauvage (meaning wild) and Blan (meaning white).This green-skinned grape was considered to be a wild vine versus one of the sought after ancient vines.
Bogel’s winemakers – Eric Aafedt and Dana Stemmler – are masters at producing wines that consistently receive high scores from wine critics. The 2012 Sauvignon Blanc that I hosted received 88 points out of 100. This ranks it as “Very Good” wine in terms of color, clarity and taste. In a future post, I’ll cover the wine scoring system and how this can provide guidance.
Bogel’s Sauvignon Blanc is a light colored wine with hints of citrus in the aroma. During a recent tasting, customers described tasting lemongrass and citrus fruits along with a little spice.
This wine is a lighter version of a dry white wine. Don’t let that scare you away if you generally like sweeter wines. Remember that there is a citrus taste to balance the dry. Bogel’s wine pairs very well with light appetizers, cheeses, salads and seafood. Bogel’s Sauvignon Blanc would be an excellent companion for picnics. Like most Sauvignon Blancs it features a twist cap which makes it portable. At $9 USD per bottle you can grab a couple of bottles of this wine to take with you.