This summer has been my fun spontaneous season of adventure, family, and travel. Wine is always a crucial component of any experience, so I keep finding myself rushing into unfamiliar stores for a last-minute bottle. No matter where I end up, from beach boutiques to mountain lake general stores, my go-to wine purchase has been Dashwood Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2015. It’s amazing how often I’ve run into this wine on restaurant wine lists, in high-end wine boutiques, on grocery shelves, and in small tourist shops, which speaks to its wide appeal.
Sauvignon blanc is a crowd-pleasing crisp white wine heralding originally from Bordeaux and the Loire Valley in France—namely Sancerre and Pouilly-Fume. For summer party hosts, serving sauvignon blanc is a welcome change from chardonnay and trying to please the picky palates of those who love it. Dashwood sauvignon blanc is a clean, fruit-forward wine with high acidity and notes of tropical fruit and grassiness. It pairs beautifully with seafood, fresh summer salads, citrus, and goat cheese.
Since the 1990’s, New Zealand has become a mecca for sauvignon blanc as it now comprises 85 percent of the country’s wine exports. The Marlborough area, located on the northern tip of the South Island, is the perfect growing region with its clear sunny days, yet cooler temperatures. A distinct feature of its wines has been described as “cat’s pee on a gooseberry bush.” Despite this unappealing descriptor, I love New Zealand sauvignon blanc for its zesty, slightly drool-inducing nature. It grabs your taste buds and makes them pay attention. I also like the $10 to $15 price point over French options.
Dashwood vineyard wines are sustainably farmed, preserving the bright and lively character of the Marlborough region. I’ve received lots of compliments and smiles when I’ve cracked open bottles to share on these summer adventures. Here in Orange County, I’ve found this sauvignon blanc at Costco, Whole Foods, Wine Exchange, Total Wine, and BevMo, for around $10.