So, have you been trying any wine? Have you tried anything new? I found this great wine I want to share with you. It’s called Seaglass Sauvignon Blanc. Do you know what a sauvignon is? I don’t. But it’s okay, because I don’t have to know what sauvignon means to enjoy the wine. If I’m really curious, I’ll Google it. I know Blanc in some form usually means white. And this is a white wine. So there you go!
I chose this bottle because I liked the picture on the label. I don’t believe I’d tried Sauvignon Blanc before I tried this wine. I like it. The first thing I noticed when I tasted it is that, to me, it smelled a little bit like a garden smells, especially a tomato plant, or those on-the-vine tomatoes you can get in the produce section. I realize it may be weird to talk about wine smelling like tomatoes, but it’s only a little, and it’s the plant, not the fruit. So it’s not like you’ll pick this up and think “Eeeeeeww! Wine mixed with pizza!” Trust me, it tastes good.
Part of the reason for this smell, I learned recently, is the terroir. And what, you may ask, is terroir? Excellent question. Terroir refers to the climate, the soil, the amount of sunlight, and other gardening factors that give wine grapes their distinct characteristics. And one of the characteristics the grapes that made this wine have is that they have this really earthy, garden-y scent.
I learned about terroir in a really cool little winery in Elgin, Arizona. A future post will detail that trip, because it was really cool and you’ll want to know about it. The host at this winery is great. She was swamped-there must have been 20 people standing at the wine-tasting bar, and she was answering all of our questions and helping us make selections she thought we’d like. She hit the nail on the head with us, and she took the time to explain what that earthy scent/taste was in one of the wines…terroir. She showed me a great book, Terroir: The Role of Geology, Climate, and Culture in the Making of French Wines by James E. Wilson. Even though the title says terroir refers to French wines, it applies to all wines…how could it not? Though there are some who believe terroir is a myth (see Terroir and Other Myths of Winegrowing by Mark A. Matthews), so do your research and see what you think.
Other than the earthiness, there’s a buttery taste (I know, also sounds weird, but it’s good!) similar to the one in chardonnay. It has a lot of tropical fruit scents/flavors, and it’s not too bitter, and not too sweet. Try a glass while you’re doing your research on terroir. Put it in the fridge and get it cold first. It’s really good that way.
Oh, and not to spoil all your fun, but I did look up sauvignon. It’s a type of grape. Now we know!