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Fog River

Fog River
2018 Sauvignon Blanc, Monterey County

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Pasta

Category: Sauvignon Blanc

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.5%
88 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$13
Best Buy
'2020 World Value Wine Challenge-Top 10 White Wine $15 and Under'

Fog River
2018 Sauvignon Blanc, Monterey County

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Pasta

Category: Sauvignon Blanc

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.5%
Pale yellow straw color. Inviting aromas and flavors of ripe gooseberry, starfruit, yuzu, musk, and flint with a satiny, vibrant, dryish light body and a smooth, compelling, medium-length finish displaying notes of minerals with no oak flavor. A bright, refreshing Sauvignon Blanc with a sophisticated edge.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Crisp & Lively, Fruity & Juicy & Smooth
Aroma Aroma: ripe gooseberry, starfruit, yuzu, musk, and flint
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with notes of minerals
Sweetness Sweetness: Dryish
Enjoy Enjoy: Now on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: BBQ Chicken, Pad Thai Chicken, Chicken Fajitas
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A bright, refreshing Sauvignon Blanc with a sophisticated edge.

The Producer

Appellation Ventures, LLC

The Producer
5570 Skylane Blvd, Suite C
Santa Rosa, CA 95403
USA
1 916-912-9559

Their Portfolio

92 Carneros Springs 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 14.2% (USA) $29.99.
85 Crush 8 2017 Chardonnay, California 13.5% (USA) $9.99.
86 Crush 8 2017 Zinfandel, California 14% (USA) $9.99.
BR Crush 8 2017 Zinfandel, California 14% (USA) $9.99. - Bronze Medal
88 Eagle Lake 2017 Pinot Noir, Monterey County 13.5% (USA) $16.99.
87 Eagle Lake 2016 Merlot, Monterey County 13.5% (USA) $12.99.
89 Eagle Lake 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles 14% (USA) $16.99.
86 Eagle Lake 2018 Chardonnay, Monterey County 13.5% (USA) $12.99.
88 Eagle Lake 2018 Sauvignon Blanc, Monterey County 13.5% (USA) $9.99.
87 Esser Vineyards 2016 Merlot, Monterey County 13.5% (USA) $12.99.
86 Esser Vineyards 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, Monterey County 13.5% (USA) $10.99.
BR Esser Vineyards 2015 Pinot Noir, Monterey County 13.5% (USA) $14.99. - Bronze Medal
87 Esser Vineyards 2017 Chardonnay, Monterey County 13.5% (USA) $13.99.
90 Esser Vineyards 2017 Pinot Noir, Monterey County 13.5% (USA) $15.99.
86 Esser Vineyards 2018 Sauvignon Blanc, Monterey County 13.5% (USA) $11.99.
91 Esser Vineyards 2018 Chardonnay, Monterey County 13.5% (USA) $13.99.
88 Esser Vineyards 2016 Merlot, Monterey County 13.5% (USA) $13.99.
BR Esser Vineyards 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles 14% (USA) $15.99. - Bronze Medal
88 Fog River 2018 Sauvignon Blanc, Monterey County 13.5% (USA) $13.00.
90 Fog River 2018 Chardonnay, Monterey County 13.5% (USA) $15.00.
88 Fog River 2016 Merlot, Monterey County 13.5% (USA) $15.00.
91 Fog River 2017 Pinot Noir, Monterey County 13.5% (USA) $18.00.
86 Fog River 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles 14% (USA) $18.00.
89 Las Palmeras 2015 Chardonnay, Monterey County 13.5% (USA) $14.99.
BR Seventy Two Straight Bourbon Whiskey 40% (USA) $39.00. - Bronze Medal
88 Stealth 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 14.2% (USA) $29.00.

Sauvignon Blanc

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Serve in a White Wine Glass
Sauvignon Blanc is a bit of a chameleon of a variety, as it changes its character depending on where it is grown. Most famously in France’s Loire Valley, (especially in Pouilly-Fumé and Sancerre), it is a rich dry white with distinct herbal notes in the nose and on the palate. In New Zealand, the flavors range from gooseberry to tropical; both styles have very good natural acidity. Certain areas in Chile also produce very tropical-driven examples with a touch of herbal character, while the typical California style is clean with melon and spearmint fruit with only traces of herbal notes.

Many styles of Sauvignon Blanc – especially those from New Zealand – are aged in steel tanks to preserve the aromatic qualities, while some producers in Sancerre or even in California age in wooden barrels; this for added texture and spice. Medium-full in body, Sauvignon Blanc is especially excellent paired with shellfish or seafood or lighter poultry with herbs.