Playing with wine part II: tasting Sauvignon Blanc


Brincando com vinho parte II: Degustando Sauvignon Blanc

Jugando con vino parte II: La cata del Sauvignon Blanc


Maybe you’ve already read the “Playing with wine part I: how to do a wine tasting at home”, if not, I highly recommend it! There I share everything you have to know in order to do your own wine tasting in the comfort of your home. 

That said, I suggest choosing Sauvignon Blanc as your first variety.

Why? Many reasons.

1. It is a white wine so you don’t have to worry about tannins. Only red wines have tannins.
2. It is an aromatic variety, which means its aromas are very intense.
3. Its aromas and flavors are usually easy to recognize.
4. It is a high acidity wine. And that’s great for setting your palate for the future. It will serve as reference for the next wines you taste. If the wine makes your mouth water like Sauvignon Blanc did, then it has high acidity too.
5. Finally, Chile has very good and affordable Sauvignon Blancs, so you won’t have to spend too much money. 

Here’s a list of three labels, their prices and techsheets. I chose all from the same store, La Vinoteca, to make things easier. And don’t forget to have this Wine Tasting checklist on hand. 

🍷 Santa Ema Select Terroir Reserva Sauvignon Blanc
$2.990 clp
Techsheet here.
Purchase link here.
👉 Look for aromas of pears and apples.

🍷 J. Bouchon Reserva Sauvignon Blanc
$5.290 clp
Techsheet here.
Purchase link here.
👉 Graprefruit

🍷 Cono Sur Reserva Especial Sauvignon Blanc
$6.290 clp
Techsheet here.
Purchase link here.
👉 Ají verde and grass.

Sauvignon Blanc Tasting Notes

Sauvignon Blanc wines are usually clean, with greenish yellow coloring, high aromatic intensity, with citrus aromas like lemon, grapefruit, grass, ají verde, herbs, pears, apples, white flowers and tropical fruits. On the palate it is dry, with flavors that are very consistent with the aromas, light body and high acidity. 

The high acidity is what makes Sauvignon Blanc ideal for pairing with ceviches, because it can compete with the lemon’s acidity. 

I hope you got inspired to make your own wine tasting at home and that this article is helpful. If you do decide to make a tasting, I’m always available for drinking wine.

Good luck!

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Published by Clarissa Toledo

Brasileña redisente en Chile- Publicista con 14 años de experiencia, 7 años en comunciación digital - WSET 3 en Vinos - Web Manager de Viña Cono Sur

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