Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Sassy Bitch Sauvignon Blanc 2010

Don't judge.

Sometimes (or if you’re like me, all-of-the-times) drinking wine is about having fun.  So if you’re drinking a wine called Sassy Bitch, merriment is bound to ensue.

I had a glass or three of Sassy Bitch Sauvignon Blanc (from here on out to be referred to as “Sassy Sauv” because I am too lazy to keep typing that all out) over the weekend at a last-minute barbeque at our house. The weather was nice, the company was lively, and the burgers were juicy. A few cold glasses were all I needed to top off a lovely evening.

Generally speaking, I’m not a huge Sauvignon Blanc fan.  I tend to like my whites sugary— and while Sauvignon Blancs differ greatly depending on the region where the grapes were grown (the Sassy is Chilean), none are particularly known for their sweetness.

That fact aside, the Sassy Sauv does have a lot to offer. If you give it a whiff before you dive in, you’ll smell spring-time, light and lovely. There’s grass and a hint of flowers in the aroma. It’s very light in color, as are most Sauvs. If you’ve chilled it sufficiently it will feel delightful on your tongue; cool followed by a bit tingly. Then it hits the back of the palate with that acidic tweak that often accompanies dry wines (you know, in that spot right under the hinge of your jaw. It happens to me sometimes when I drink wine. And OJ). The tingly-tweak is followed up with a nice citrus-peel quality; perhaps grapefruit zest is what I’m going for here. It’s simple and refreshing; a wine meant to accompany, not dominate.

The Sassy Sauv is a straightforward wine that is best enjoyed with a meal. I had garlic and herb grilled chicken, a cheeseburger, and pasta salad—probably not an ideal grouping, but I’ll drink any varietal with just about any meal. However for best flavor, I’d recommend this served chilled with a light, flaky fish—baked, broiled, sautéed, Long John Silvers, whatever. Now I’m hungry again.

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