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Sauvignon Blanc – the wine of the moment

Thu 18 Jun 2009 18:05


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According to Tom, Sauvignon Blanc is one of the most popular wines of the moment, as a lot of people are fed up with Chardonnay and oaks.

Crisp, summery and fresh, Sauvignon Blanc goes well with goats cheese, creamy pastas and fish, as well as light summery foods.

A diverse wine, it also compliments strong flavours like asparagus and spicy food like Thai, Indian and Chinese cuisine.

Tom recommends that Sauvignon Blanc is drunk young and fresh, so always pick the most recent bottle in a restaurant.

Here are Tom’s top Sauvignon Blanc picks:

1. Domaine du Pré Baron Sauvignon de Touraine 2008, priced at £6.99 at Majestic
This French wine, which hails from the main area in which Sauvignon Blanc is produced, The Loire Valley, is a classic.

It has aromas of basil, tomato leaves, lemon and lime.

2. Matahiwi Estate Holly Sauvignon Blanc 2007, priced at £10.99 at Oddbins (or down to £8.79 as part of a mixed dozen case, 20% off).
This is an unusual wine as it is a Sauvignon Blanc, but is stored in oak barrels.

From New Zealand, this wine has aromas of lime, grapefruit, nuts, honey, vanilla, nectarine and pineapple.

3. Cuatro Rayas Rueda Verdejo 2008, priced at £5.99 at Marks & Spencer.
This wine isn’t actually a Sauvignon Blanc – the grape is verdejo. However, it has a really sauvignon blanc type of character, and is a different option.

Made in a cool area of northern Spain (Rueda), this wine has aromas of herbs, nettles, grass, flowers, passisonfruit, lemon and lime.


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