Jessica Altieri

Wine and Water Expert

How To Be a Sauvignon Blanc Enthusiast

Jessica AltieriComment

You’re barefoot. Your cell phone’s silenced and the waves are crashing on the beach. The only other sound? Sauvignon Blanc slithering out of a bottle, calling for fresh sea- food, a late night bonfire and great friends. This luscious white wine is summer in a glass!


I love drinking this crisp, light-to medium-bodied wine wherever I go. New Zealand Sauv Blancs slay me with their grapefruit, jalapeno & gooseberry aromas. The Loire Valley of France infuses its mellow Sauv Blancs with green apple, citrus and mineral notes. And right here in the U.S., California pampers us with the rich stylings of their Sauv Blancs, many with a hint of oak.

Pass your glass. There’s a Sauvignon Blanc for everyone’s palate!

Fave Sips

  • St. Supery Estate Sauvignon Blanc
  • Villa Maria Private Bin Marlborough New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc 2012
  • Frog’s Leap Rutherford Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2012

Great Eats

Fresh seafood, oysters, grilled whitefish and grilled chicken are perfect pairings for this food-friendly wine that is stomped from green grapes.

The Unforgettable Kiss

I have such fond memories of sipping Sauv Blanc in the Marlborough Sounds after flying in a helicopter all day above vineyards! Row upon mesmerizing row of sunstruck green flew below me and the Mudhouse wine team in New Zealand. Their summer, which hap- pens to be our winter, warmed this Chicago gal’s heart forever. We landed on the pristine beach and ate the freshest oysters & green lipped mussels. In January! With the campfire glinting in our glasses, we toasted the long New Zealand summer.

My mouth still waters thinking about it.