Advent – Day 6

Wine: 2019 Sauvignon Blanc (California)
Winery: American Vintners
Cheese: Wensleydale with Cranberries

Day 6’s featured wine is the 2019 Sauvignon Blanc. Sauvignon Blanc has always been a “trendy” wine to me, This is an elegant, crisp wine with aromas of lemon, grapefruit and fresh cut grass.

The aromas promise a very lively wine and thankfully the flavors don’t disappoint. Tart grapefruit, lime and lemon dominate the palate along with a vibrant acidity, with green apple and grassy notes providing the background. The finish is clean, citrus and herbal notes linger for quite a bit before fading away. Wine Folly had a great article on Sauvignon Blanc and its regions. Sauvignon Blanc is a very versatile wine with varying characteristics by region, from the rich, full-bodied wines of Bordeaux with notes of Bourbon to the tropical and sharp acidic notes that dominate New Zealand wines. While the label on this one says “California” I will hazard a guess and say this wine is from the Columbia Valley, as the notes of lime and grapefruit are unmistakable. The body is light as well. I might be wrong (and feel free to tell me if it is! I’m always learning something new), but that is my guess. Anyway, I gave this wine a 4.0 overall (excellent). This wine would make a great seafood wine, particularly with shellfish.

Day 6’s cheese is Wensleydale with Cranberries. I never had Wensleydale before, it has a delicately sweet flavor and crumbly texture. The cranberries give it further sweetness and a slight tang. Ever remember the phrase “An apple pie without cheese is like a hug without a squeeze”? I learned that particular slogan originated in England where wensleydale was often served with apple pie. Furthermore Wensleydale with cranberries is apparently a delicatessen classic. With its sweetness and crumbly texture it does kinda remind me a bit of ricotta, definitely a dessert cheese. Unfortunately it didn’t pair all that great with the Sauvignon Blanc, but Carleen and I enjoyed it all the same. 🙂

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