4 facts on why you need sauvignon blanc
On 7th May the world will unite in celebrating possibly the most ubiquitous white wine in the universe - sauvignon blanc. While Sancerre is its spiritual home, New Zealand is the source of the savvy that’s taken the world by storm.
There’s something about its distinctive ‘slap you in the face style’ that wine lovers can’t get enough of and wine nerds love to hate. But we want to live in a world where all wine feels cared about.
Whatever your opinion of this all-conquering white grape, its fan base is still growing so we’re going to look at why you need to get it in your glass right now.
4 facts on why you need sauvignon blanc...
It’s a gateway wine for newbies to a world of vinous vices. If you’re new to wine, the mind boggling number of varieties of vino on offer can make it an intimating place to be. So rather than take the gamble, many newbies take sanctuary in savvy. And good on ‘em because those tropical fruits and zesty vibes get them excited about wine and comfortable to explore a little further. I mean look at me, I’m now a signed up member of the vermentino, arneis, pinot, nebbiolo, etc... club.
Australia produces three times the amount of chardonnay than sauvignon blanc, so you'd be forgiven for thinking it was our favourite. We're not so much turning our backs on the white grape that brought fame to our country in the 1990s, but moving towards this fresh upstart! Keeping local, we are looking towards the Adelaide Hills for the best... now moving on to point 3 for international.
Sauvignon blanc is a statistician’s dream, and who doesn't love a good statistic. Here’s one of my faves: 99% of statistics are made up. But we’re not going to let that get in the way of the truth. New Zealand sauvignon blanc overtook chardonnay as Australia’s biggest selling white wine in 2009. It currently accounts for around 40% of all white wine sold in the country, with NZ savvy taking up the lion’s share. Of the 100,000 hectares of savvy planted across the globe, here’s the breakdown of whose garden you’ll find most of it growing: 17% in New Zealand, 13% in Chile, 10% in South Africa, 7% each in the United States and Australia, 6% in Bulgaria and 4% in Spain.
Sauvignon blanc won't turn you into a comedian, but you’ll be one sip closer to funny man Graham Norton if you drink it. Why? Because this entertaining joker makes his own savvy and word on the street is that it’s making a lot of folks smile. Wise guy Dan Aykroyd has also had a crack at making savvy that gets the crowd fired up. So if you’re up for a bit of stand up grab a savvy ‘cause it’ll give you the dutch courage you need.
Remember that you don’t have to wait for a special day to drink your favourite wine. Every day is a good day to drink great wine.
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