The weather is warming as spring has officially arrived, but that is not the only thing that is changing. Seasonal changes have significant implications for the world of wine, in more ways than one. For starters, anyone who knows anything about wine knows that grapes are temperamental. They’ll also know the subject of the soil, climate, and topography of their regions. People’s tastes in kosher wines also change with the seasons.
Spring dishes are generally lighter, sweeter and more verdant than winter foods. It should come as no surprise that white wine consumptions soars in spring and summer and then dips again each fall and winter. This is not to say that there are not great spring and summer reds, but when temperature rises white and pink wines come out. Let’s discuss some of spring’s break out stars – specifically, Sauvignon Blancs.
Typically Sauvignon Blanc grapesare light and plump; they lend themselves to wine that is crisp, clearand refreshing. Keep in mind that Sauvignon Blanc grapes are used in so many varietals and in so manyways that the term has become, in some ways, diluted. The above description would be a text-book Sauvignon Blanc but countless Sauvignon Blancs buck the trend.
The Baron Herzog Sauvignon Blanc 2009 will be familiar enough for most Sauvignon Blanc fans while not falling into the trap of being predictable or unmemorable. This is extremely light wine, the color isverging on the transparent. It packs a rich bouquets of fruit flavors ranging melon to lemon. Unlike other fruity Sauvignon Blancs the Baron Herzog downplays some of its fruity sweetness with a bit of earthy herbaceous flavors backed by a 13.5% ABV. This is one of these few wines that is fruit without being toosweet or light. Still not convinced? It’s under $12 a bottle!
Yarden Sauvignon Blanc 2011 offers a completely different, but equally delightful approach to using this ancient grape. Instead of being light Yarden’s Sauvignon Blanc is rich and powerful. It is aged in oak barrels and has a slightly honeyed kick. This lends itself to a wine that is certainly warmer than other Sauvignon Blancs but none the less suited for spring. It goes wonderfully with flavorful chicken and fish dishes and strong cheeses. This is certainly a deviation from the standard but, unlike some other unconventional Blancs, works; a great choice for someone looking for strongly flavored wine that is still
perfect for spring and summer. Yarden Sauvignon Blanc 2011 prices in at $15 a bottle which is a good deal considering how cost prohibitive proper oak barrel ageing can be.