Diving into sauvignon blanc the next few weeks, as well as attending the Anderson Valley Aromatic White Wine Festival, held in what is normally known as Mendocino’s bucolic pinot noir Mecca. Soon after, it’s three-plus weeks in Italy, kicked off at Summa, a gathering of small producers held in a castle – a sane respite to their annual giant corporate event known as VinItaly. A wine festival in a castle!
Sauvignon blanc conjures images of France: the estuary, Entre-Deux-Mers and the long valley of the Loire. Northern Italy also has its minerally gems, from the hills and valleys of Collio and Alto Adige. Nearly the entire south island of New Zealand is touted as the world’s most consistent stretch of sauvi-b farmland. California’s Napa Valley, known for its high-rent cabernet sauvignon fruit, could be “just the place,” if this demonstrative white grape only commanded a similar price per ton.
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