22 Jun Smooth Sauvignon Blanc – 2022 Craggy Range
Welcome to summer and the beginning of
a stretch of sizzling days and balmy evenings.
It’s interesting that one of the best types of wine for
beating the summer heat thrives in a cool climate.
The wine is Sauvignon Blanc and one region
where it flourishes is New Zealand…a land where
brisk maritime conditions keep grapes
from over-ripening and thus, losing their intensity.
The typical New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc
is acidic, off-dry, aromatic and refreshing…
the ideal summer quencher.
It’s Wine Thursday!
Just in time for the weekend, we check out a good wine
that sells at a reasonable price and is easy to find at the store and online.
Sauvignon Blanc is produced in France, Australia, the U.S.,
Italy, Argentina, Chile, Spain and South Africa.
But one could argue that nobody does it better than New Zealand.
Where it’s from
Hawke’s Bay, located on the east coast of New Zealand’s North Island,
is known for its beaches and wineries.
The spectacular Te Muna Peak rises above the bay.
Situated in the shadow of the peak is the Craggy Range Winery.
What it is
Just as the peak stands above the winery,
Craggy Range’s version of this popular white
stands above the rest of the mass-market Sauvignon Blancs.
It’s sophisticated and subtle with green apple, grapefruit
and lime flavors but none of the vegetal, grassy tones
found in other SB versions.
There’s a healthy dose of minerality complimented by zesty acidity
and a touch of salinity.
The price point is slightly above that
of most other Sauvignon Blancs you’ll see on the shelf.
But it’s worth the extra investment.
Where to buy it
Total Wine has Craggy Range for $15.97.
It’s at Costco for $17.99. The price at Vons is $21.10.
BevMo sells it for $21.99. You’ll find it at Safeway for $22.21.
Albertsons has it for $25.49. The price at Ralphs is $25.70.
You can order Craggy Range from Woods Wholesale for $17.93
The price at Empire Wine is $17.95
Saratoga Wine Exchange has Craggy Range for $18.73
And the price is $19.90 at The Wine Stop