Posts Tagged ‘sauvignon blanc


Dyed in the Wool Sauvignon Blanc

Dyed in the Wool Sauv Blanc was my introduction to Sauv Blancs in general.  Much like how the Beatles were my introduction to music and the Ghostbusters my introduction to cinema, this brand has a special place in my heart.

I like sour beverages.  I always have.  In fact, my favorite non-alcoholic beverage is unsweetened grapefruit juice, which not a whole lot of people would say.

Dyed in the Wool tastes quite a bit like grapefruit juice.

This New Zealand brand packs multiple citrus fruits into the Sauv Blanc, with the sour ones shining through.  It’s crisp, clean, and doesn’t have an aftertaste to speak of.

With Sauv Blancs the main area for variation is exactly how sour they are and how much you can taste the alcohol.  With Dyed in the Wool, the sour factor is high, and the alcohol taste is minimal, making it all the more refreshing.

Like other Sauv Blancs, this one goes well with spicy food.  But it also serves as a pleasing beverage to sip on the porch on a warm evening.

4 out of 5 strikes


2008 Root One Sauvingnon Blanc

Root 1 Sauvignon Blanc has been one of our favorites for a while now, and it’s embarrassing to think about how much money we’ve spent on it.

 The white wine is pretty sour and citrusy, typical of Sauv. Blancs.  More fruit taste breaks through than in other types of the same varietal.  It has a strong bite, and if that’s not something you enjoy then this wine isn’t for you.

 Many whites tend to be bland.  Even though the Sauv. Blanc varietal is more like grapefruit juice than grape juice, Root 1 in particular is strong.  It goes extremely well with spicy food, especially Asian or Mexican food.  The spice and sour flavors even each other out.

 It’s refreshing in a weird way, like a glass of sour lemonade during the middle of summer. 

 Interestingly, this wine is one of the only ones available in the US that’s made with actual root stock, hence why it’s called Root 1.  But we’ll get into this more later, with our second post about Root One.

4 out of 5 strikes



(This Wine the Lightning post comes from Tre Berney and is about a South African  Sauvignon Blanc, not a Flaming Lips album of a remarkably similar name.  He also came up with our new rating scale!)

Picking up a bottle of white from South Africa sounded interesting enough. The packaging grabbed me with its exotic look. I have the same basic interest in trying wines from tumultuous climates as I do in visiting them, returning afterward to my temperate home base.

I didn’t know anything about South Africa’s lengthy winemaking history, dating back to the mid-1600s. It was once said to have produced one of the best wines on the globe. Recently, the Wine Of Origin system was set up in 1973 in order to insure that the grapes come from the proper designated farms, concentrated mainly in the Cape Town area. It now serves as the guardian for over 60 different appellations centered mainly in the cities of Paarl, Stellenbosch and Worcester.

This Zafrika sauvignon blanc was on the dry side, sort of crispy, with hints of tangerine and lime. The bottle mentioned a green pepper flavor, but I didn’t get that. Nonetheless, it was complex enough without being overly so. I prefer a simple white. The fruity sweetness oddly came in the form of a tangy finish that lingered longer than you would think for such a dry sauv. blanc.

It had an almost champagne color in the glass, very clear. I drank it along side grilled Ahi tuna steaks marinated in soy & lemon juice with a small potato and salad.

I recommend.

I give it 3 strikes of lightning out of 5.

(Post by Tre Berney, Wine the Lightning‘s Northern Virginia correspondent.)

June 2018
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