from Tupelo Honey Cafe Beverage Trainer Tyler Alford
Understanding the characteristic nuances of the Sauvignon Blanc grape could take a seasoned wine drinker years; and boxes upon boxes of bottles, of course. Sauvignon Blanc has been called “the chameleon of the wine world,” and with good reason. With production spanning across the entire globe and back again, the grape variety is like a Jeopardy! board: somehow linking all the different questions, but not without carefully disguising itself along the way.
The name Sauvignon comes from the French word sauvage meaning “wild,” and while many regions have attempted to tame this grape, it still refuses to be mastered. Every growing region is unique from Bordeaux to New Zealand, Chile to California, but Sauvignon Blanc consistently produces a crisp, dry, refreshing white wine suitable alone or paired with an appropriate dish.
Kim Crawford’s production is no different. This Sauvignon Blanc is made with grapes grown in Marlborough at the top of the South Island of New Zealand where wines reflect the tropical notes, herbaceous aromas, and citrus flavors that the region has become world renowned for. The 2013 vintage we pour in all of our Tupelo Honey Cafes is a beautiful, bright, straw yellow with hints of pale green. The nose is full of fresh herbal notes backed with fresh key lime and pineapple. For taste, it gives all the tropical flavors of passion fruit, citrus, and guava that can be expected, plus a balance of acidic zest for a lingering finish.
This is a very food-friendly wine and pairs very well with our newest entrée dish: Southern Chicken Piccata with Jumbo Lump Shrimp and Lemon Cherry Pepper Cilantro Beurre Blanc. The fresh flavors of shrimp and chicken breast show deliciously with the tropical fruits of this wine. The beurre sauce with lemon, cherry pepper, and cilantro blend perfectly with the herbaceous nose of the wine and carry the flavors well as both the wine and the dish finish on the palate. Also keep this wine in mind for any of our dishes featuring seafood or fresh greens. Cheers!