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Winemaker’s Roundtable: Five Facts About… Sauvignon Blanc!

Wednesday, August 24th, 2011

For this month’s roundtable, Temecula Valley is talking about Sauvignon Blanc.  We all know how popular this crisp white wine is, but here are five interesting anecdotes about this universal grape that you may not know  – toss ’em around at your next wine party!

  1. Sauvignon Blanc is a green-skinned grape variety which originates from the Bordeaux region of France. The grape gets its name from the French word sauvage (“wild”) and blanc (“white”) due to its possible early origins as an indigenous grape growing all over southwestern France.
  2. Sauvignon Blanc is widely cultivated in France, Chile, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Brazil, and California.  The first cuttings of Sauvignon Blanc were brought to California in the 1880s by Charles Wetmore, founder of Cresta Blanca Winery and were brought into mainstream popularity by Robert Mondavi in 1968.
  3. California Sauvignon Blancs tend to fall into two styles: The New Zealand influenced-Sauv Blanc have more tropical fruit undertones with citrus and passion fruit notes while the Mondavi-influenced Fumé Blanc are more round with melon notes.
  4. Along with Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc was one of the first fine wines to be bottled with a screwcap in commercial quantities and is usually consumed young.
  5. Sav Blanc always pairs well with cheese, chicken, and is one of the few wines that is a great match for sushi.

Pick up a great bottle of Temecula Valley Sauvignon Blanc from the following wineries:

 

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Winemakers Roundtable: 5 Facts About… Rhone Whites!

Friday, July 15th, 2011

For this month’s roundtable, Temecula Valley is talking about Rhone white varietals.  Unfamiliar territory, you say?  Well, that’s what this blog post is for!  Here’s five fun facts about these refreshing grapes that you can toss around at your next wine party:

  1. The four main grapes in Rhone whites are Viognier, Roussanne, Marsanne and Grenache Blanc
  2. A white Rhone blend consists of two or more white grapes from its namesake appellation – the famous Rhone wine region in France, which is situated in the Rhone river valley.
  3. The Northern Rhone region is characterized by harsh winters and warm summers while Southern Rhone has a more Mediterranean climate with milder winters and hot summers.
  4. Top four regions for growing Rhone whites are California, Australia, South Africa, and Rhone (of course.)
  5. Common descriptors include honeysuckle, green apple, peach, nut, and spice

For examples of Temecula Valley Rhone whites, try:

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Winemaker’s Roundtable: 5 Facts About… Sangiovese!

Wednesday, June 29th, 2011

This month, Temecula Valley is focusing on the popular Sangiovese grape.  Here’s five fun facts you can toss around at your next wine party!
1.    Sangiovese is an Italian winegrape variety whose name derives from the Latin sanguis Jovis, meaning “the blood of Jove”
2.    This grape is grown mostly in central Italy and is the most widely planted grape in the country.
3.    It is a main component of Chianti and “Super-Tuscan” – a red blend which usually includes Cabernet Savignon, Cab Franc, Merlot, and – yours truly – Sangiovese.
4.    This grape is highly adaptable to many different soils, but likes a warm climate – making it a perfect fit for Temecula Valley.
5.    Sangio’s high acidity, light body, and moderate alcohol level makes it a food-friendly wine.

Try Sangiovese at your local Temecula Valley wineries —

 

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