Crisp, lively, juicy, herbaceous, and refreshing, sipping a glass of Sauvignon Blanc is like drinking sunshine in the glass. As we celebrate this Earth Day, with a focus on sipping (and living) as friendly to our planet as possible, give one of these thirst-quenching, sunny selections a try. Mother Earth, and your palate, will thank you.
Being environmental stewards of the land is at the heart of how Sonoma’s Benzinger Winery operates. Farming biodynamically, organically, and sustainably in their various estate vineyard sites, and purchasing sourced fruit that also meets these standards, Benziger shines as one of the most eco-focused wineries in the region. Farming with a green focus ensures that your vineyards are healthy and that the fruit you are growing is authentic, showcasing the variety along with the terroir. Benziger Sauvignon Blanc ($16) is produced from certified sustainable California vineyards. The wine is vibrant and fresh, with zesty lemon-lime, soft herb, and crushed stone.
With roots dating back to the late 1800s, Charles Krug has been a staple of Napa Valley for generations, with the Peter Mondavi family taking care of the historic property since 1943. Today over 850 acres of land are cared for by the family using organic and sustainable farming practices throughout their estate vineyards. Produced from predominantly Napa Valley estate-grown fruit, Charles Krug Sauvignon Blanc ($20) is aromatic and inviting, opening with aromas of lemon blossom and freshly cut grass, followed by layers of ripe citrus, lilikoi, and a hint of fresh honeydew.
Crafted from 100% organic certified fruit in Chile’s Casablanca Valley, quite near Santiago and just 30 miles from the Pacific Ocean, Veramonte Sauvignon Blanc ($12) is a bright, juicy, and nicely balanced wine, especially for the price. Morning fog off the ocean blows through the vineyard each day, helping lock in acidity and freshness, with hot daytime temperatures experienced throughout the growing season ripening fruit, developing flavors like ripe tangerine and mandarin, with fresh herb, white flowers, and a touch of salinity from the Ocean’s influence.
From the eastern part of Santa Ynez Valley, the Happy Canyon of Santa Barbara AVA, Fiddlehead Cellars crafts their Happy Canyon Sauvignon Blanc ($30) from sustainably grown fruit that is handled with immense care. The vineyard enjoys a high mineral content in the soil, giving a crushed stone note to their refreshing white which enjoys partial fermentation in stainless steel, locking in the zesty aromatics, with the other portion fermented in new French oak barrels, giving texture, creaminess, and a touch of spice, to the wine without weighing it down or masking the lush fruit flavors.
La Crema Sauvignon Blanc ($25) from sustainably grown fruit from vineyards throughout Sonoma County reveals ripe tropical notes thanks to the warm climate the fruit is coming from, including Alexander Valley and Dry Creek Valley (also known for producing robust Zinfandel and hearty Bordeaux varietal wines). As the wine opens layers of guava and mango emerge, melding harmoniously with crushed stone, soft green herbs like tarragon and mint, and earthy minerality.
From the esteemed team behind the highly acclaimed JONATA and The Hilt wines, The Paring Sauvignon Blanc comes from hand-selected young vines dotted throughout the Santa Barbara County AVAs, each farmed to the winery’s premium quality standards. The vines are young, not quite mature enough to be a part of the other projects in the portfolio, but they still produce incredible fruit, as is evident in the Paring Sauvignon Blanc ($25). Nicely textured and inviting, with notes of Meyer lemon, fresh melon, nectarine, and pear with balanced complexity and a medium-bodied palate.