by Paullette Gaudet

Intl Suav Blanc Day_blogThe first week of May has no shortage of established celebration days: May Day is May the 1st, Star Wars Day is May the 4th (Be With You), but the first Friday of May–which this year falls on May the 5th—is International Sauvignon Blanc Day, a fine official opportunity indeed to both savor and honor this crisp, herbaceous varietal. Originally thought to hail from France's Loire Valley, the Sauvignon Blanc ("Wild White") grape is now grown all over the world, most notably in the Marlborough region of New Zealand's South Island. In fact, this region starts ramping up for International Sauvignon Blanc Day in April, with sixteen days of celebration before the first Friday of May!

Anchored by a savory, mown-lawn aspect, the fruit flavors of Sauvignon Blanc (typically kiwi and lime, but can also lean toward peach and nectarine) depend upon the region and ripeness of the grapes, as evidenced by the distinct passion fruit aroma of New Zealand Sauvignon Blancs. The grassy notes of this wine pair especially well with salads, the green flavors of peas and asparagus, and Fridays. Celebrate this May the 5th with an offering from our shipment, The Essentials Sauvignon Blanc 2016 Marlborough, New Zealand.