Sauvignon Blanc is having a moment.
In July 2020, Nielsen reported it was the fastest growing wine type with a 38 percent increase in sales. Even before the pandemic, volume was up 8.9 percent in 2019. This can be attributed to a variety of factors like how the grape grows very well in multiple regions, its accessibility around the world, and its range of price points for buyers.
Take it from these winemakers who have mastered the grapeâ€™s potential and consistently create standout bottles.
Anthony Beckman, Balletto VineyardsÂ
Working with 850 acres of estate vineyards at Balletto Vineyards, Anthony BeckmanÂ is able toÂ create unique winesÂ specificÂ to the Russian River Valley area. Working there since 2007,Â he has contributed to much of the vineyardâ€™s success and continues to do so with his approach to winemaking. His philosophy is to let the vineyards authentically speak through the wines to make the statement, â€œthis wine can only be grown and made here.â€Â Â
Let the vineyard speak to you through this Sauvignon Blanc:Â Sauvignon Blanc,Â Sonoma County, CaliforniaÂ â€“Â SRPÂ $20Â
ElundaÂ Basson, Steenberg VineyardsÂ
An accomplished winemaker and respected specialist in South AfricaÂ withÂ more than 20 yearsÂ of experience, Elunda BassonÂ tookÂ herÂ talentÂ to Steenberg VineyardsÂ as CellarmasterÂ in 2019. The vineyard produces some of the best Sauvignon Blanc wines in the countryÂ due to its location inÂ theÂ ConstantiaÂ areaÂ nearÂ the oceanÂ andÂ itsÂ storied winemaking history datingÂ back to 1682.Â UnderÂ Elunda’sÂ expertise, the wines exhibit freshness, elegance, and finesse.Â Â
Enjoy thisÂ unique twist on Sauvignon Blanc:Â Sparkling Sauvignon Blanc, Constantia, South AfricaÂ â€“Â SRPÂ $18Â
Juan Jo Verdina, Hahn Family WinesÂ
JoiningÂ HahnÂ Family WinesÂ in 2002 as part of the cellar team and working towardÂ becomingÂ Winemaker, Juan Jo Verdina knows the wine production of the estate inside and out.Â He heads the Hahn and Boneshaker brands with Hahnâ€™s portfolio including six varietals and Boneshakerâ€™s focusing on a robust Lodi Zinfandel from 40-year-old vines.Â TheÂ Hahn Winery SelectionÂ Sauvignon Blanc is sourced from a vineyard in Monterey County that experienced a mild vintage resulting inÂ aÂ naturally balanced acidity.Â Â
Taste theÂ HahnÂ experienceÂ with its Sauvignon Banc:Â Hahn Winery Selection Sauvignon Blanc, Monterey, Californiaâ€‹â€‹Â â€“Â SRPÂ $32Â
Rob Takigawa, Tangent WinesÂ Â
With 20 years of experience working with Tangent, Rob TakigawaÂ worked his way up starting as a Tank Room Manager,Â then Assistant winemaker, Winemaker and now, Director of Winemaking.Â He hasÂ grown further knowledge with each passing vintage, learning how to capture Edna Valleyâ€™s uniqueness to the rest of Californiaâ€™s growing regions.Â The Sauvignon BlancÂ isÂ harvested at different levels to achieve the ideal finishÂ andÂ sourcedÂ from a vineyard withÂ aÂ Sustainability in Practice Vineyard Certification.Â
Try aÂ uniquelyÂ Edna Valley Sauvignon Blanc:Â Tangent Sauvignon Blanc, Edna Valley, Californiaâ€‹Â â€“Â SRPÂ $17Â
Linda Trotta, North Coast Winemaker, WX Brands
With 30+Â years in the industry, Linda has worked harvests around the world including Italy, South Africa and Chile. One thing she is most proud of in her career is that in her leadership role(s), she mentored and developed talent who have gone on to make their own marks of excellence in winemaking and viticulture.â€¯Her Bread & Butter Sauvignon Blanc shines with bright aromas of lemon zest and a hint of tropical fruit. The Silver Spur Lake County Sauvignon Blanc is made from sustainably grown Sauvignon Musque Clone, known for its intensity and array of aromas and notes associated with expressive and fine Sauvignon Blanc.
Silver Spur Lake County Sauvignon Blanc 2019, SRP $18 Wine.com
Bread & Butter Sauvignon Blanc 2019, SRP $16.99 Online shop