Sauvignon Blanc: Articles on the Sauvignon Blanc White Wine Grape Varietal

Grgich Hills Estate

The Vibe: 

One of the most familiar names in Napa, Mike Grgich enjoys the status of Croatian immigrant turned celebrity after the coup he scored as winemaker of the winning California chardonnay in the Paris Tasting of 1976. Visitors to the homey Napa tasting space can enjoy a warm reception in a barrel-flanked room, or a tour of the facility during one of their daily, by-appointment-only tours.

Particularly good if you are seeking: 
  • Small groups
  • Tours (offered daily; by appt)
  • Private tastings
Not good for: 
  • Large groups
  • Picnics
  • Shoppers
Known For: 
Chardonnay, Fume Blanc, Dessert Wine


1829 St. Helena Hwy.
Rutherford, CA 94573
United States
38° 26' 51.0864" N, 122° 24' 44.6652" W
1829 St. Helena Hwy.
Rutherford, CA 94573
United States
38° 26' 51.0864" N, 122° 24' 44.6652" W
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Sauvignon Blanc - the Summer Savior

Now that it’s actually getting warm here in Seattle, it’s time for those delicious Summertime meals – lots of fresh vegetables, salads, and seafood. Normally, I watch my food budget very carefully, but when the farmer’s markets are rocking the produce, I fill up my bag with abandon and gather friends around to enjoy the light fresh flavors of the fields, rivers and ocean.

While some people drink red wine year around, I match my wines to the season and, of course, the food.

Sauvignon Blanc & the Controversy of Cork Versus Screw Caps

One of the great varietals in the world is undoubtedly Sauvignon Blanc. With a history dating back centuries, wines made from this very special grape have played major roles in establishing some of the world’s finest wine regions. When fermented dry, Sauvignon makes some of the easiest-to-appreciate, crisp, expressions of green apple, wild grasses, and citrus. Sweet wines made from the grape are typically profound expressions of honey and spice. However, making memorable Sauvignon is not a process lacking in challenges.

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