Toast Patio Season With These Top Tasting Sauvignon Blancs

Sauvignon Blanc’s flavor profile tends toward racy, energetic ebullience making it ideal for warm-weather sipping. France’s Loire and Bordeaux regions are masters of the varietal, but in past decades regions such as New Zealand, California, and Chile have jumped into the game, making their own zesty expressions. For the most part, Sauvignon Blanc is a good value says, Jim Laughren, CWE and author of 50 Ways to Love Wine More: “Whether from Chile, New Zealand, California (at times called Fumé Blanc), Canada, France (those labeled Sancerre or Pouilly-Fumé will be at the top of the price list), Australia, or South Africa, you can count on a very good bottle of Sauvignon Blanc for a surprisingly modest outlay.” Below are a few suggestions to get your patio season started.

Loveblock Sauvignon Blanc 2019: Winemakers Erica and Kim Crawford (yes, the original winemaker behind the Kim Crawford label—which they sold years ago), took up this project with the intention of sustainably cultivating an extraordinary expression of Sauvignon Blanc. Job well done. The wine shows graceful, balanced fruit with tropical notes of peach and pineapple and a firm, mineral core. $22.99 on

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Katie Kelly Bell, Forbes (March 2021)