We love wine. We love other alcohol too, but since wine figures large in Deb Harkness’ All Souls Trilogy, we figured it was only right to have a wine note for each podcast. And so we bring you Episode 3 Wine Note: Sauvignon Blanc. 

In each podcast episode we bring you a note about wine because wine is a main form of sustenance for vampires when they’re not drinking, you know. blood. It also happens that Deborah Harkness, Renaissance woman that she is, is an award winning wine blogger and wine enthusiast. If you’ve never read Deborah’s wine blog “Good Wine Under $20” you should have a look. While she doesn’t write it now, it is a reminder that apparently there’s nothing this woman can’t do.

We have two more reasons we like to include a wine note in each episode. We really like wine; we like it a lot. We also happen to have our own personal sommelier, Bayard. This man knows his wine and he loves sharing his knowledge and making wine accessible to everyone. Bayard is a founding partner at Crafted Brands and we love learning from him.

This episode’s wine is Sauvignon Blanc. What’s better for a spring time Mother’s Day brunch than a crisp, white wine like Sauvignon Blanc? It originated in the Bordeaux region of France, although you can find some of the best Sauvignon Blancs from the Loire Valley in France. An interesting note about Sauvignon Blanc is that it is one of the parents of Cabernet Sauvignon; so Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Franc had a child and that child is Cabernet Sauvignon. We have wonderful Sauvignon Blancs here in the United States but, arguably, some of the best come from France and New Zealand. From New Zealand, you’ll get a lot of tropical fruits and fragrance of grass. Whereas if you go to France especially to the region of Sancerre you will find some wonderful Sauvignon Blancs that are a little bit drier and intense with notes of flint and minerals. It is phenomenal. You can find phenomenal Sauvignon Blancs for under $15 or $20. Sauvignon Blanc goes well with some of your seafood dishes or lighter pasta fare.

And in case you’re wondering…

Nikki typically drinks red wine with a few exceptions. One of those exceptions is a Sauvignon Blanc from the Marlborough region of New Zealand. Her favorites are Oyster Bay and Kim Crawford. It’s great for the summer!

Ashley’s favorite color is red, and wine is no different. But, as an equal opportunity wine lover, she never turns down a crisp Sauvignon Blanc. When others jump on the Rosé bandwagon during the warm nights of summer, you’ll find her lounging on the front porch with Sauvignon Blancs from Rudy Von Strasser (Napa Valley), Clos La Chance (Central Coast) or any from the Marlborough region.

Janet drinks whatever red wine is placed in front of her — when she’s not drinking tequila.

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