Remember To Try New Wines
As a wine buyer I have the good fortune of being able to taste a lot of wine. Trying new wines can be a great experience. Especially, when you are not initially intrigued to try one and it turns out to be really good. In prior blogs I have mentioned my preference for wine to complement food. But, sometimes being able to open a bottle to have as a porch pounder, a fireplace relaxer, a simple aperitif, or for a myriad of other reasons is all that is desired.
Recently I had the opportunity to taste just such a wine. The wine is the 2016 Sun & Air Sauvignon Blanc from South Africa. South African wines tend to be earthier, funkier, more terroir driven wines, best enjoyed with food. This one surprised me. The Sun & Air is refreshing, clean, and crisp. Unlike Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand, with their often pronounced grapefruit flavor, the Sun & Air has noticeable apple flavors, a touch of pear and refreshing hints of citrus. As the name Sun & Air implies this wine is great for the outdoors. I am going to enjoy it at a fall garden party, but I would like it camping, or getting in some deck time. Another thing to love about this wine is the affordability, only $10.99.
This excellent white is a blend of Sauvignon Blanc grapes grown in Swartland and Elgin. Swartland is a large wine producing area 40 miles north of Cape Town in the Western Cape of South Africa. The Sauvignon Blanc grapes are planted at the foothills of the Paarl Mountain on the cooler, coastal side. This area is full of granite and the decomposed granite that helps to make up the soil of the area lends a great minerality to the wine.
I recommend that when you are given the opportunity to taste a wine, please do so. You might end up finding a new favorite and when it costs less than $20 it’s even better.