Venture Beyond Your Usual Sauvignon Blanc

I recently came across an article that discussed which country produces the best Sauvignon Blanc. As an unabashed fan of this bold, high acid, herbaceous grape variety I was interested to see what the experts had to say. As I surmised, all the usual suspects were mentioned.

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France with the classic wines of Sancerre and Pouilly Fume and the oak age white wines of Bordeaux were on the top of the list. New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc which has seen unparalleled success in the U.S. market was next in line. Chile, South Africa and the United States were all suggested as great sources of sauvignon blanc, but no mention of my beloved Italy from the distinguished writers.

I’ll forgive the oversight but I can tell you from experience that Italy does in fact produce great examples of Sauvignon Blanc as well. Most of it is concentrated in the northeastern part of the country mainly in Alto Adige, Friuli-Venezia Giulia and occasionally the Veneto. I have found the best examples of Italian Sauvignon Blanc have both the richness of body found in New Zealand wines and the herbaceous qualities of the best French wines.

La Cappuccina Sauvignon Blanc is a new addition to our Italian portfolio but this estate is anything but new. The Tessari family has been producing wine at La Cappuccina since 1890. All the wines have been grown and produced using organic practices since 1985. Many of our guests have enjoyed the outstanding wines of La Cappuccina (Soave, Madego and Campo Buri) for more than 10 years when we started our relationship with the Tessari family. We are thrilled to now offer the La Cappuccina Sauvignon Blanc. The intense nose of peach, grapefruit, mint and aromatic herbs will make you question why you never looked to Italy for a great glass of Sauvignon Blanc.

Paul Quaglini, Wine & Spirits Sales Manager

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