Petit Joie “Little Pleasures”

Petit Joie “Little Pleasures”

I have a special place in my heart for Sauvignon Blanc, because that was the bottle that seduced me into the wine life over 25 years ago.  Even today, the bright, lively fruit flavors and bracing acidity draw me in and force me (force me!) to open one bottle…then another.

When most people think of this varietal, New Zealand pops immediately to mind, because the Kiwis have done incredible things with this native French varietal.  Its home is actually in the Loire Valley in France, though our selection is sourced from prime vineyards in many parts of the country.

This grape is one of the so-called “noble” varietals, as I’ve discussed on stage at the Direct Cellars national convention and in several videos.  And there’s a big difference between the New Zealand and French styles of winemaking.  While the Kiwi versions generally have huge bold flavors right up front (you can almost smell the grapefruit and pineapple before you open the bottle) the French are a bit more delicate in their technique.  Maybe that’s why “petit joie” translates as “little pleasures.”

The delicacy lies in the lighter body, as indicated by the very pale color in the glass.  And instead of overwhelming you with huge fruit right up front, there are more finessed flavors and aromas of pineapple (an expected characteristic), lemon, and orange flowers.  As you’d expect, it’s also very crisp.

My own personal “lemon law” states that if you can put lemon on a dish, you can drink Sauvignon Blanc with it.  This varietal begs to be paired with shellfish like shrimp and crab, and goes beautifully with delicate white fish such as cod, pollock, perch, grouper, and halibut.  Get creative and find your own perfect pairings!

If you have any questions about our wines or the wine world in general, please email me at winewhisperer@directcellars.com.  Please note that an email is better than a Facebook message because it allows me to answer you more completely and in more detail.  Here’s to you!

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