Try A New Wine – Part IV
This is the last selection of white wines in the Try A New Wine Series.
If Sauvignon Blanc is your favorite white wine and you’re looking for a change you might be interested in tasting one of the following three white wines, Albarino, Pinot Grigio, and Sancerre.
SAUVIGNON BLANC — is a wine with flavors and aromas that can be vegetal or herbal with some citrus or tropical fruit flavors. Sauvignon Blanc is called Fume Blanc in California and Washington state.
This wine has crisp acidity. It can have flavors of either citrus or tropical fruits.
Herbal: green pepper, straw, hay, green tea, green herbs, cut grass, meadow
If Oaked: melon, soft fig
Fruit: goosberry, grapefruit, peach, melon, apricot
If you Like Sauvignon Blanc Try Albarino, Pinot Grigio, or Sancerre
ALBARINO — is the primary grape used to make dry white wine in the Rias Baixes region of Galicia in Northwest Spain. The wines are usually light-bodied, and generally high in acidity with distinctive aromas very similar to that of Viognier and Gewurztraminer.
Citrus aromas of grapefruit, lemon peel and white peach
Crisp acidity that is well balanced with the fruit
Flavor profile: Crisp acidity, lemon, apple pear
Oak: vanilla, sweet wood, almond, smoke
SANCERRE — Sancerre is one of the most famous white wines in France. It is made from the Sauvignon Blanc grape grown in the designated AOC of Sancerre which is in the eastern part of the Loire Valley.
French wine labels have the name of the region on them rather than the name of the grape as do American or New World wine labels. That is why this French wine is labeled as Sancerre rather than Sauvignon Blanc (and might be a good reason to try it if Sauvignon Blanc is a wine you enjoy.)
Citrus flavors of lime, grapefruit and lemon
Sometimes herbal and flowers
It can be made in a semi-dry style
This is the last in the Try a New White Wine variety series. I tried to chose the most popular white wines and matched them with white varietals that had smiliar flavor profiles.
If you have a favorite white wine that wasn’t mentioned, please share it with us and let us why you like it. You may inspire us to try a new wine.
I will follow up with red wines in my next series of Try A New Wine.