Today, 5th of May, the wine world celebrates International Sauvignon Blanc Day, a recognition of one of the world’s most popular and versatile grape varieties. Festivities in New Zealand, one of the most popular regions for the grape were even extended to a full 16 days of mini events culminating on the main event today!
And while the grape, known for giving wines of remarkable acidity and sharpness, is not everyone’s cup of tea, lovers of its mouth-watering wonders know that it’s a wine they can count on, not just on May the 5th, but all year round. So, lovers of Sauv Blanc, take a second to relate to this 10 moments you’ll get if you know your Sancerre from your Marlborough.
1. When your neighbours are cutting the grass, you inhale deeply and think about a chilled gleaming glass of sharp Sauv Blanc…
2. You will seriously consider signing your letters with “Sancerrly” from now on.
3. You chuckle when someone mentions “cat piss” as a wine descriptor, but deep down, you actually don’t hate it in the right wine…
4. You know that Sour Haribo Bears are the best Haribo Bears and the only ones worth eating…
5. You also know that Sancerre’s less famous neighbour in the Loire Valley, Touraine, is the region to go for fabulous Sauv Blanc without the popularity tax.
6. You know those ultra-rich buttery Chardonnays with toasted oaky notes are just wearing too much makeup for your taste.
7. You have a Pavlovian reaction to the mere mention of fresh oysters and Sancerre.
8. You know that your lovely Sauv Blanc can actually turn into a little monster once you go below a certain price bracket.
9. One of the biggest highlights of the summer for you was that sunny day when you finally got to order a bottle of Sauv Blanc and drank it on a terrace.
10. You secretly love the puzzled face of your friends when a Sauvignon Blanc has a strong asparagus scent and once you point that out to them, they can’t un-smell it.
Gabriela’s passion for writing is only matched by her love for food and wine. Journalist, confectioner and sommelier, she fell in love with Ireland years ago and moved from Venezuela to Dublin in 2014.
Since then, she has written about and worked in the local food scene, and she’s determined to discover and share the different traditions, flavours and places that have led Irish food and drink to fascinate her.