Rumor has it that the temperatures are warming up in other parts of the country (not here in rainy New England!), so we are tasting crisp, cool Sauvignon Blancs for our first Gather Virtual Wine Tasting (VWT).Â Based on your input, here is what we'll sample:
These are all California Sauvignon Blancs.Â The original idea was to sample this varietal from 3 different countries, but I opted to stick with California choices as they seem to be easier for most people to acquire.Â This VWT will be a lot more fun if everyone who would like to join in can actually get their hands on the selected wines without too much trouble.Â The links for each selection take you to a place where you can order it online if that suits you.Â You should be able to get each bottle for $14-$20.
Let me recap the salient points as to how this VWT will work:
- Get theÂ selected bottles and taste them!
- Share your comments by June 30Â on the bottles either as comments to this article; or write your own article if you'd like to offer more in-depthÂ tasting notes.Â Be sure toÂ publishÂ your VWT articles to Wine Chat.
- Along with general comments about the various wines, please note which one you liked best.Â Each bottle is based on the suggestion of a different Gather member. The person suggesting the most popular bottle will be revealed and bask in much Gather glory.
- In addition to tasting notes on the above bottles, other articles on the Sauvignon Blanc theme are encouraged this month.Â Suggested article topics include background on the varietal, reviews of other Sauvignon Blancs, and recipes that would match well with this wine.Â Again the member posting theÂ most popular article on the theme will receive praise and adulation...and as this evolves we hope to offer more tangible incentives!
In my research for bottles to suggest, I did get two recommendations from my local wine shop, The Spirited Gourmet (Winchester, MA), for anyone interested in a bonus tasting to add an international perspective.Â My sense is they might be a little harder to find.Â These bonus bottles are:Â Â 1) from New Zealand, Oyster Bay Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2005, and 2) from France, La Vigne Blanche from Henri Bourgeois.
This is a VWT, but where we have a critical mass of Gatherers, in person tasting could happen too.Â So, enough talk, time toÂ raise a glass and offer a virtual toast that we may enjoy sipping and sharing about these Sauvignon Blancs!