Summer of Sauvignon Blanc

I’m not sure if it’s the extremely hot weather, but my recent wine tasting has taken me on a Sauvignon Blanc quest.  Below are a few that I’ve tasted thus far.

2010 Aresti Equilibro Sauvignon Blanc

2010 Aresti Equilibrio, Casablanca Valley, Chile, around $12.00 at Inari Wines
This wine was recommended to me by my local wine shop, Inari Wines, as I was looking for an inexpensive Sauvignon Blanc that was less tart to taste for 2012 #SauvBlanc Day. I was very pleased with the recommendation as this wine had flavors I wanted: melon, pear, and citrus. It was very easy to drink.

2008 Mission Hill Family Estate Reserve Sauvignon Blanc, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, around $20.00 CAD
I purchased this wine while on a recent trip to Montréal. This was my first Canadian wine and I made a good choice. This wine was also very fruity with a variety of flavors such as green apple, kiwi, Mandarin orange, melon, and passion fruit.

Sauvignon Blanc Flight:  2011 Paul Thomas Les Comptesses Sancerre, 2010 Flora Springs Soliloquy, and 2010 Benziger, flight of three, two-ounce pours, $13.00
I tasted these wines in this order at Crú A Wine Bar at The Domain in Northwest Austin, Texas. It was at least 100 degrees outside and I was drawn to this flight because of the Sancerre. A friend had recommended that I try a Sancerre to broaden my palate. The Paul Thomas was more herbal and had more minerality than the other two, with fruit flavors of apple and citrus. The Flora Springs Soliloquy was the richest of the three, with lush flavors of citrus, honeysuckle, tropical fruit, and vanilla. Lastly, the Benziger had more tart fruit flavors like grapefruit, lemon, and lime, which was perhaps a little more pronounced after following the sweeter fruit flavors of the Flora Springs.


  1. Nice post. I’ll be joining you this year with the Sauvignon Blancs. I am a big fan of summer Riesling, but this year I have stocked up on the Sauvignon Blanc. So far on tap are SB’s from Chile, Sancerre, Finger Lakes and Washington St. Still on look out for Canadian, but hard to find here in Central New York.

    1. I am also a fan of summer Riesling and Alsatian whites like Pinot Blanc and Pinot Gris. I have two CA and one NZ Sauv Blanc to try, but none from WA or Finger Lakes. I must add them to my list. Unfortunately, the Canadian only seems to be available in Canada, unless it’s ice wine. 😦

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