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Personalize Your Gift for Mom

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Mother’s Day is coming up! With festival season in full swing, I thought I’d step in to suggest some gift ideas.

Sauvignon Blanc is a perfect quick grab for any gift this season. Regardless of style, the sauvignon blanc varietal is consistently bright, refreshing, and exceptionally food-friendly. Fruit driven in nature, wines from this varietal rarely see significant amounts of aging. In fact, the production techniques directly affecting style are typically minimal, and intended only to illuminate the natural flavors and freshness of the grapes.

Recently, I had a great conversation with another woman in the restaurant/wine industry. She has owned restaurants around New Orleans and now represents high-end, boutique wine labels. We were sharing thoughts on recent movements away from simplicity in the industry. While talking about her experience owning restaurants she said “I used to ask my Chefs for the best dish they could make with five ingredients. To me, that can be more impressive than a dish consisting of twenty different ingredients I can’t pronounce.”

I’ll be honest, I am typically the first to geek-out about a unique approach to winemaking—excessively complex or not. However, similarly to what my friend said about food in the industry, I have found myself more and more impressed with simple and honest winemaking. Good juice is good juice.

Sauvignon Blanc is a varietal that almost requires such an approach. When successful, the outcome is affordable, high-quality wine that effortlessly communicates typicality and terroir to its drinker.   

My two picks for Sauvignon Blanc at Copper Vine are Cloudy Bay and Cade. Both labels are major producers in the industry. Each wine effectively represents one of the few major regional styles of Sauvignon Blanc.

Located in New Zealand, Cloudy Bay produces Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and (most notably) Sauvignon Blanc. The Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc is an exceptional representation of Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc. In fact, the label has played a major role in establishing New Zealand wine globally.

On the palette, the wine bursts wine ripe citrus— grapefruit, lime zest, lemon, and passion fruit. Bright citrus is accentuated with notes of white flowers and stern, grassy herbaceousness. High acidity pairs well with the citrus, providing a spotlight on the wine’s fresh vibrancy.

Cade is located in Napa Valley, California. The label is most formally known for the production of high-quality Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay (under the “Plumpjack” label). In Napa Valley, the popularity of Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay is standard. While Sauvignon Blanc from this region is deserving of comparable acclaim, the varietal continues to exist in the shadows of other varietals. In the case of Cade, Sauvignon Blanc is the hidden gem of the portfolio.

California Sauvignon Blancs are known to be approachable in flavor—bright with full and ripe fruit. The warm climate dilutes the intense herbaceous flavors hallmarked by Marlborough’s wines. The Cade Sauvignon offers lively expressions of pear, green apple, melon, and lime. The bright flavors of fruit are followed with soft, mellow white flowers and a touch of minerality.

Grab both bottles from Copper Vine and teach your mom about the differences between California and New Zealand sauvignon blanc. Wine is only made better by experience. A lesson and story about the bottles is sure to make the day special!