Aromatic White Wines That Overdeliver

Wine communicator Penny Sadler suggests three wines that are perfect for summer

Five years ago, Dallas’s Penny Sadler’s business took her to a variety of the world’s great wine regions and vineyards. But, something was missing.

“I liked wine, but I didn’t know very much about it,” she says, “so I was visiting all these wonderful places, and I wanted to know more about what was going on.”

She earned her WSET Level 2 Award and worked extensively in wine marketing, while she continued working as a professional makeup artist, her original career. Today, Sadler operates the website Adventures of a Carry-On, which focuses on wine, wine travel, and wine photography. She has a particular love for aromatic whites, with their heady aromas of flowers and fruit.

On her wine journey, Sadler learned how to sip and spit, what she says was key to a successful career in wine.

“I like wine tasting, and I like tasting wine,” she says. “And sipping and spitting allows me to taste wine without worry. It was a life changer for me.”

Here are three wines Penny Sadler wants to share:

Loveblock Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2019 ($22)

Loveblock comes from legendary New Zealand winemaker Kim Crawford, who started it in 2004, a year after he sold the wine company bearing his name. “I like this first because of the aromatics,” says Sadler, noting its ripe peach and a hint of sweetgrass, leading to flavors of ripe tropical fruit, like pineapple and guava. “I also like this because it’s not that easy to find a Sauvignon Blanc with both ripe fruit notes and great acidity, but this wine has both.” It also matters to Sadler that the wine, from the Marlborough region, uses sustainably grown grapes, which are certified organic.

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Penny Sadler, Pix (June 2021)