Sauvignon Blanc Day at the College
Did you know that there is an International Sauvignon Blanc Day? It is celebrated annually in the Wine Country in New Zealand with wine tastings, dinners, visits to the wineries and cellars. It’s a great event for all wine lovers to enjoy the diversity of tastes that can be driven from one grape variety. We decided to follow New Zealanders’ tradition, and organized a Sauvignon Blanc Day of our own giving the students an opportunity to try several wines made of this world-famous grape.
Sauvignon blanc originates from the Bordeaux region of France but nowadays is planted in many of the world's wine regions, producing a crisp, dry, and refreshing white varietal wine. Nowadays it’s widely cultivated in France, Chile, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, the states of Washington and California in the US.
Depending on the climate, the flavour can range from aggressively grassy to sweetly tropical. In cooler climates, the grape has a tendency to produce wines with noticeable acidity and "green flavors" of grass, green bell peppers and nettles with some tropical fruit and floral notes. In warmer climates, it can develop more tropical fruit notes but risk losing a lot of aromatics from over-ripeness, leaving only slight grapefruit and tree fruit notes.
Our students had a chance to taste a selection of Sauvignon Blanc wines from France, Chile, Canada and the US. Depending on the particular flavour this wine goes well with cheese, green vegetables, oysters, delicate fish, dishes with tangy dairy ingredients, pesto and herbal briny sauces. Our students though had what seems to be the most delicious pairing option – a bar of light assorted sponge cakes from Giovane brought by one of our students Rohan. Happy Sauvignon Blanc Day to everyone!