Zippy and zesty, lush and alive, sauvignon blanc is often heralded as the quintessential warm-weather wine. And with Indian summer just commencing in San Francisco, this refreshing white is a necessity for any home cellar.
Sauvignon Blanc, people think of New Zealand, the Loire Valley and even California. But few remember to think of Bordeaux, whose white wines are not seen in big numbers. Yet they are composed in part of Sauvignon Blanc and often have a tinge of that bracing green, herbalness that fans of the grape love. The other part of the wine, often the majority, is made up of Semillon, a grape with a bigger, rounder body and texture than SB and less green, more honeyed notes. The wines are not classic Sauvignon Blanc, but rather a little bigger,