On May 7th, the world celebrated perhaps the most ubiquitous white wine in the cosmos - Sauvignon Blanc. Though Sancerre is its spiritual birthplace, New Zealand is the root of the savvy that has taken the world by storm.
There's something in its distinct "slap you across the chest" look that wine lovers adore and wine nerds despise. But we want to live in a world where all wine is treated with respect.
Whatever your thoughts are on this all-conquering white grape, its fan base is still rising, so let's have a look at why you should put it in your glass right now.
Facts on why you should drink Sauvignon Blanc...
It's a wine that introduces newcomers to the realm of vinous vices. If you're new to wine, the mind-boggling variety of vino available will make it an intimidating place to be. So, rather than taking the risk, many newcomers seek refuge in savvy. And kudos to them for those tropical fruits and zesty vibes get them excited about wine and relaxed enough to delve a little deeper.
Australia produces three times the amount of chardonnay than Sauvignon Blanc, so you'd be forgiven for thinking it was our favourite. We're not so much turning our backs on the white grape that brought fame to our country in the 1990s, but moving towards this fresh upstart! Keeping local, we are looking towards the Adelaide Hills for the best... now moving on to point 3 for international.
Sauvignon blanc is a statistician's fantasy, and who doesn't like a nice statistic? One of my favorites is that 99 percent of figures are made up. But we're not going to let that stop us from telling the truth. In 2009, New Zealand sauvignon blanc surpassed chardonnay as Australia's best-selling white wine.
You won't become a comedian if you drink Sauvignon Blanc, but you'll get one taste closer to funny guy Graham Norton if you do. Why is this the case? Since this amusing joker creates his own wit, and word on the street is that it is making a lot of people happy. Wise man Dan Aykroyd has even tried his hand at making savvy that gets the audience riled up.
Remember, you don't have to wait for a rare day to enjoy your favorite wine. Every day is a nice day to sip fine wine.