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Happy International #SauvBlanc day!

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Photo courtesy of Rombauer Vineyards.

Cheers, all! TODAY is International #SauvBlanc Day (Friday, May 6 2016)! We hope everyone is popping bottles of our favorite varietal and celebrating the day!

Please explore our site and social media channels for ideas on pairings ideal for the grape, wine reviews, information, and more!

As you probably know, everyday is #SauvBlanc Day here at SauvBlanc.org ~ Summertime in a Glass! But, today is a special day where the conversation is global. You can join that conversation by checking us out, tagging, and following us on social media –

sbday_logo_2016_v2Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/SummertimeInAGlass ~ @SummertimeInAGlass

Twitter – https://twitter.com/summerinaglass ~ @summerinaglass

Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/summertimeinaglass ~ @summertimeinaglass

Pinterest – https://www.pinterest.com/summerinaglass ~ @summerinaglass

Also, you can use and search the hashtag #SauvBlanc. Send us pics, ideas, tasting notes, pairing recipes, musings – anything connected to Sauvignon Blanc today!

We hope to connect with you. If you’re in the wines business, think about getting involved with SIAG. Learn more here

Cheers,

Bryan Dias, Founder & Executive Director
SauvBlanc.org ~ Summertime in a Glass

PS – Ineternational #SauvBlanc Day takes place on the first Friday of May each year! Next year’s edition will be Friday, May 5 2017!

International #SauvBlanc Day is Friday, May 6!

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Once again, Summertime in a Glass ~ SauvBlanc.org is proud to co-sponsor International #SauvBlanc Day. Stay tuned for more information and get involved with the day that celebrates your favorite wine varietal!

The 8th Annual International #SauvBlanc Day is Coming May 6 

sbday_logo_2016_v2On Friday, May 6, “International #SauvBlanc Day” offers lovers of Sauvignon Blanc a chance to celebrate their favorite wine online or in-person. 

“International #SauvBlanc Day” is set for Friday, May 6. The event, which takes place annually on the first Friday of May, seeks to engage the wine industry and enthusiasts in exploring their affinity for this classic, yet often underrated, grape varietal. The event coordinates both on-site events, such as wine tastings, as well as serving as a focal point for online and social media interactions.

International #SauvBlanc Day was initiated over seven years ago by Napa’s St. Supéry Estate Vineyards and Winery, a top producer of California Sauvignon Blanc. Two years ago, Summertime in a Glass, a US-based organization dedicated to promoting Sauvignon Blanc through education, events, and advocacy, along with New Zealand Wine, the organization charged with supporting that country’s wine industry, came on-board to broaden the reach of International #SauvBlanc Day. Each year the event has grown in popularity with increased participation online. The scope has also expanded to include special tasting events put on by wineries, retailers, and others in the industry in various locations around the world.

“The idea of International #SauvBlanc Day is to connect fans of the grape everywhere,” said Bryan Dias, Executive Director of Summertime in a Glass. “That can mean enjoying a special flight at a winery or joining the social media conversation by sharing thoughts and ideas about Sauvignon Blanc.”

Numerous events to celebrate International #SauvBlanc Day will be taking place in many locations, both domestically in the US and internationally. By hosting events, wineries, wine shops and others are serving as “Sauv Blanc Ambassadors” and offering their audiences a chance to enjoy the grape in an up-close and personal fashion. 

Mike Kohne, Vintner, and co-founder of Mercy Wines in the Arroyo Seco region of Monterey County, California likes to say, “Sauv Blanc fans are, like the wines, delightful, fun and great to be paired up with. We look forward to celebrating vibrant, complex and fresh characters on Sauv Blanc Day!”

For those interested in participating online on May 6, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest posts can be tagged with “#SauvBlanc.” The hashtag can also be searched and followed on those platforms as way to see what others are saying. People are encouraged to share food pairing ideas, photos relevant to the varietal, favorite memories, and more. Purchasing and enjoying a bottle or two of Sauvignon Blanc and posting photos of the experience, thoughts, and tasting notes is another great way to get involved. Individuals and businesses interested in putting on an event at their location should visit the event website at SauvBlancDay.com for more information. Participation ideas, social media feeds, and more can also be found on the website.

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Summertime in a Glass (SIAG) is an advocacy and information group that seeks to promote, educate and entertain wine enthusiasts and the industry itself on the world of Sauvignon Blanc. We strive to do so by being informative, yet never too serious or dogmatic. Wine is fun and social. Sauvignon Blanc is known as a great food wine but many styles also make for great “porch wines.” This all means that it is meant to be shared and enjoyed, not pontificated!

Summertime in a Glass Homepage – http://www.SauvBlanc.org

Event Homepage – http://www.SauvBlancDay.com

Contact for media and trade inquiries – Bryan Dias, Executive Director of Summertime in a Glass – bryan@summertimeinaglass.org.

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St. Supéry Estate Vineyards and Winery – website

New Zealand Wine – website

Vina Robles Sauvignon Blanc wins Double Gold at the SF Chronicle Wine Competition

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2016-medal-announcementCongratulations to Vina Robles for taking home Double Gold at the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition for their 2014 Sauvignon Blanc!

In case you may have missed it, the award-winners from the noted San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition have been announced. This is the largest judging of American wines in the world and this year’s event was record-breaking with some 7,164 wines entered from 28 states. This is a significant jump from 2015 when there were 6,417 entries. That’s a lot of wine!

With all the competition, taking top honors is very significant and is no small feat. Our friends at Vina Robles, located in the Paso Robles region of California, accomplished this with their terrific 2014 Vina Robles Sauvignon Blanc Paso Robles. They took home Double Gold in the $15 to $18.99 price point category. This is one of the most important categories for the varietal as many top-quality bottles fall into this price point.

Vina Robles was one of only three Double Golds awarded. This indicates a unanimous judgement of gold from each individual judge. Congratulations to Vina Robles! See the award-winners in this category here. To learn more about the 2014 Vina Robles Sauvignon Blanc Paso Robles, visit their website here

~ Bryan Dias, SIAG Executive Director

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Sauvignon Blanc Pairing – 2014 Two Old Dogs Sauvignon Blanc Napa Valley and Fennel Salad

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Here is a terrific Sauvignon Blanc pairing by our Resident Chef, Julie Hoskins of Unexpected Chef, featuring the delightful 2014 Two Old Dogs Sauvignon Blanc Napa Valley and Fennel Salad. This great wine from Herb Lamb Vineyards along with this delicious seasonal salad show, once again, that Sauv Blanc is a great food wine year-round!

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It is truly a gift to taste my favorite varietal from one vintage ad compare to another. I had the opportunity to talk to winery proprietor, Jennifer Lamb, about the uniqueness of a carefully curated lot that grows the grapes. Chefs and, obviously, the winemaker of Herb Lamb vineyards understand that using the best product and allowing the ingredients to create flavor always works best in the end.

The 2014 vintage tasted just as wonderful as the 2013. I wanted to do a recipe I have done in the past, but refine it a bit – my fennel salad 2.0! Here is a recipe that picks up the nuances found in the 2014 Two Old Dogs Sauvignon Blanc Napa Valley. It is a nice pairing this time of year when we want our tired palates revitalized. Hope you enjoy!

Note: a mandolin makes short work when thinly slicing fennel, onions and cabbage. It can be purchased at a kitchen supply store inexpensively.

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Serves 4

2 heads fresh fennel, thinly shaved (see note)

4 oranges cut into segments, juice reserved

4 oz. goat cheese, crumbled

1/4 cup Kalamata olives, pitted & halved

1 tablespoon fresh mint, cut into chiffonade

1/3 cup olive oil

1 tablespoon shallots, minced

2 tablespoons champagne vinegar

salt & pepper to taste 

Whisk reserved orange juice, champagne vinegar, shallots, olive oil in large bowl until emulsified. Add shaved fennel, oranges and olives. Toss to cover with vinaigrette. Place on platter and scatter goat cheese crumbles and mint over top.

Serve with the 2014 Two Old Dogs Sauvignon Blanc Napa Valley!

Visit the Herb Lamb Vineyards website here

 

JulieHoskins~ Chef Julie Hoskins of Unexpected Chef has a cookbook obsession, is a lifelong “foodie” and has cooked professionally for over a decade. As a longtime resident of California’s wine country, she enjoys working with winemakers and creating dishes to highlight their wines. Many of her favorite ingredients, such as vegetables, shellfish and fresh herbs allow her the license to create parings to highlight and contrast many varietals. Her constant passion for good food and wine has provided her many opportunities to meet with winemakers, wine enthusiasts and other “foodies” and understand the balance of flavors that make good wine and good food exceptional. You can find her recipes and articles in numerous publications and websites. Chef Julie is the founder of Chic Le Chef Catering in Hidden Valley Lake, California, and host of “The Culinary View” radio show on KPFZ 88.1 FM and blogs at www.unexpectedchef.com. She teaches culinary classes and wine pairing education and can be reached at julie “at” unexpectedchef.com.

Holiday Sauvignon Blanc Wine Pairings

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As many of us know, Sauv Blanc is a great choice for holiday wine pairings! 

Here at Summertime in a Glass, we have a bunch of great pairing recipes created by our Resident Chef, Julie Hoskins, of Unexpected Chef (and she has a bunch more on the way!) Feel free to browse our pairings here

For the holiday season, we thought we’d ask you what some of your favorite pairings with Sauv Blanc are. Head over to this post on our Facebook page and feel free to share ideas, comments, recipes (including links, if you like), photos, or anything else that speaks to the topic of holiday Sauvignon Blanc wine pairings. Feel free to be traditional (turkey!) or non-traditional – whatever floats your boat!

Pictured here below is one of our favorites that we recently cooked-up – seared sea scallops with lemon, bacon, and (of course) Sauv Blanc! The flavors of the dish – including the lemon and the wine in the sauce – paired perfectly with a nicely chilled glass of Sauvignon Blanc! Let us know what you think!

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Happy Holidays to you and yours from Summertime in a Glass!

SIAG Co-Sponsors California Sauvignon Blanc Single Varietal Tasting with Discover Sonoma County Wine

A broad selection of California Sauvignon Blanc was experienced at the single-varietal tasting.

A broad selection of California Sauvignon Blanc was experienced at the single-varietal tasting.

We here at Summertime in a Glass ~ SauvBlanc.org recently completed a series of Sauvignon Blanc themed events spanning several weeks with a particular focus on California. These events emphasized education, strategic planning (to promote the varietal), and outreach for the wine industry in the state.

Things kicked-off with International #Sauv Blanc Day, a largely social media event that pulls in both industry members and wine enthusiasts world-wide on April 24. SIAG is a co-sponsor of the day along with St. Supéry Estate Vineyards and Winery and New Zealand Wine. The next event took place on May 19 in the Livermore Valley, the historic home of the grape in the US, where SIAG hosted the California Sauvignon Blanc Symposium. The symposium brought together many segments of the industry to discuss the grape and generate ideas to promote awareness and sales, as well as share best practices in viticulture and viniculture. On May 22, the organization, again, hosted an industry event, this time taking place at Kick Ranch Vineyard in Santa Rosa, Sonoma County. This was a “meet and greet” and networking affair that featured lively and informative informal discussions, presentations, and wine tasting.

Michael Scholz (left) and Chris Sawyer (right) lead the group through an excellent Sauvignon Blanc program.

Michael Scholz (left) and Chris Sawyer (right) lead the group through an excellent Sauvignon Blanc program.

Most recently, a California Sauvignon Blanc single varietal tasting was conducted at the Napa Valley Wine Academy on June 22, co-sponsored by Discover Sonoma County Wine and Summertime in a Glass. The tasting was aimed at sommeliers, buyers, and wine educators in order to help them provide diversity in their wine lists, which in turn allows them to educate their customers on the many amazing California Sauvignon Blancs available for their programs.

The event was moderated and guided by “Sommelier to the Stars,” Christopher Sawyer, along with Michael Scholz, winemaker at St. Supéry Estate Vineyards and Winery, who served as co-moderator.  About 40 attendees from wineries, restaurants, and retail outlets tasted 30 different bottlings of Sauvignon Blanc, mostly from the excellent 2013 and 2014 vintages.

The tastings were offered in three flights with the first being made up of selections that were composed of 100% Sauv Blanc. Later flights included some wines that had Semillón, Viognier, or other white varietals in the blend used to bring out different flavors or aromas in the finished wines. All those in attendance commented on the diversity of styles and flavor profiles represented by these wines. Some were very aromatic, others had a citrusy flavor, some were grass and herbaceous, and some highlighted tropical fruits, stone fruit, or melon flavors.

To add to the tasting experience, Summertime in a Glass Resident Chef, Julie Hoskins of Unexpected Chef, provided light hors d’ouevres intended to pair well with the variety of Sauvignon Blanc being offered. She definitely succeeded.

The seminar took place at The Napa Valley Wine Academy. It proved an exceptional venue for this type of educational event. Summertime in a Glass will be putting on more events of this nature in the future, stay tuned!

~ John Compisi, Summertime in a Glass and Examiner.com with Bryan Dias, Executive Director, Summertime in a Glass

Photos: John Compisi and Jolene Patterson, Discover Sonoma County Wine

Attendees sample and discuss a wide array of California Sauvignon Blanc.

Attendees sample and discuss a wide array of California Sauvignon Blanc.

Summertime in a Glass Brings California Sauvignon Blanc Industry Together

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Summertime in a Glass, an education and advocacy organization for the Sauvignon Blanc varietal, has just concluded a series of events designed to bring the California Sauvignon Blanc wine industry together to focus on the grape and the wine. 

Attendees of the Summertime in a Glass California Sauvignon Blanc Symposium.

Attendees of the Summertime in a Glass California Sauvignon Blanc Symposium.

Nearly 50 members of the California Sauvignon Blanc industry, including growers, winemakers and educators, gathering at the Martinelli Center in Livermore on May 19, to teach, taste, learn, discuss, and share information on the exceptional Sauvignon Blanc grown and produced in the numerous growing regions in central and northern California. Summertime in a Glass (SIAG) hosted the symposium to promote this, often under-appreciated, wine grape and wine, which is widely produced in California.

As the historic home of California Sauvignon Blanc, the Livermore Valley was the most appropriate place for this event.  The first international Gold Medal awarded to a California wine originated here.  That event was the 1889 International Paris Exposition (about 113 years before the well known “Judgment of Paris”) when Cresta Blanca Winery, owned by Charles Wetmore, submitted a ‘dry white wine’ for the competition.  The wine was a “Sauterne-style” wine composed of Sauvignon Blanc along with Semillon, grown from cuttings, that, ironically, originated at Château d’Yquem in southern Bordeaux.  Cresta Blanca Winery was designated a California historical landmark in 1957 and is owned by the Wente family.

The growers and producers in attendance were from Arroyo Seco, Livermore Valley, Napa Valley, Mendocino, Sonoma County, and Paso Robles, five exceptional Sauvignon Blanc growing regions.  The objective of the event was for the various facets and segments of the industry, including growers, producers, sommeliers, wine buyers and wine educators to discuss, interact, share ideas, and expectations and, ultimately, promote the grape and the wine from the state.

The Producers Panel, from left to right, Jeff Meier, Karl Wente, and Michael Griva

The Producers Panel, from left to right, Jeff Meier, Karl Wente, and Michael Griva

The symposium was kicked-off by Bryan Dias, Executive Director of Summertime in a Glass. He made some welcoming remarks and then introduced the first panel, which consisted of Jeff Meier, President and Chief Operating Officer, J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines; Karl Wente, fifth generation Winegrower and Winemaker, Wente Family Estates, and Michael Griva, President of the Arroyo Seco AVA and vigneron of Griva Vineyards.  The panel spoke about the varying terroir in the different regions of California as well as production methods and approach.

The subsequent panel was a sommelier-lead discussion of the flavor profiles associated with Sauvignon Blanc from the various California appellations and also compared and contrasted them with the Sauvignon Blanc produced in the renowned Loire Valley of France, New Zealand, and Chile.  Catherine Fallis, aka the grape goddess, moderated this panel with Deborah Parker Wong, Senior Editor of the Tasting Panel/The SOMM Journal, and Celebrity Sommelier Christopher Sawyer.  During the sommelier panel, several different SIAG member Sauvignon Blanc wines were poured including: Steven Kent Winery, McFadden Farm, Bernardus Winery, J. Lohr Vineyards and Wines, Herb Lamb Vineyards and Clouds Rest Vineyards.

The Sommelier Panel from left to right, Catherine Fallis, Chris Sawyer, and Deborah Parker Wong

The Sommelier Panel from left to right, Catherine Fallis, Chris Sawyer, and Deborah Parker Wong

The final panel was a guided technical tasting of a variety of Sauvignon Blanc bottlings from Summertime in a Glass members including: Peterson Winery, St. Supéry Estate Vineyards and Wines and Mercy Vineyards.  Other exceptional member wines tasted included: Yorkville Cellars, Phifer-Pavitt – Date Night Wines, Vina Robles, McGrail Vineyards, Handley Cellars, Wente Vineyards, and Cuda Ridge Wines.

Later in the week, Summertime in a Glass sponsored an industry and media ‘meet and greet’ at Sonoma’s Kick Ranch, hosted by SIAG member Dick Keenan, owner of Overland Wines.  Kick Ranch is nestled on a beautiful hillside on the western flank of Spring Mountain and is the source of beautiful fruit used in many Sonoma and Napa wines. This was a casual event where many winemakers, growers, and members of the wine media interacted and discussed California Sauvignon Blanc.

Finally, as a capstone to a month of Sauvignon Blanc focus was a single varietal tasting at the Napa Valley Wine Academy on June 21, co-sponsored by Summertime in a Glass and Discover Sonoma County Wines.  The tasting was aimed at sommeliers, buyers, and wine educators to help them provide diversity in their wine lists while educating the public on the many amazing California Sauvignon Blanc available for their programs.  The event was moderated and guided by celebrity sommelier Christopher Sawyer.

Each of these events led to the development of numerous strategies, concepts, and approaches for promoting the grape and the wine. A key idea is that California can produce a world class bottle of Sauvignon Blanc at a highly competitive price, unlike many other varietals, when viewed in light of global competition. Additionally, since California boasts such a wide-range of terroir and diversity of winemaking styles, there is no definitive “California style” and it was concluded that there shouldn’t be. There is a California Sauvignon Blanc out there for everyone. Because of this diversity and its food-friendly nature, California Sauvignon Blanc can be enjoyed year-round with seasonal foods, ethnic cuisine, and on your front porch. See more on the Summertime in a Glass website at www.SauvBlanc.org.

More than 30 members of the California Sauvignon Blanc industry attended the event at Kick Ranch.

More than 30 members of the California Sauvignon Blanc industry attended the event at Kick Ranch.

 

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Talking points, strategies and ideas generated: 

Consumer Messaging:

  • A world-class bottle of wine at a competitive price.
  • You don’t have to spend a lot of money to get a great bottle of California Sauvignon Blanc.
  • From seasonal produce or seafood to ethnic cuisine, California Sauvignon Blanc is a year-round food wine.
  • Ideal for your porch during the summer and perfect with Dungeness crab in the winter, California Sauvignon Blanc should is always a go-to wine.
  • No other region can match the breadth of style and diversity of California Sauvignon Blanc.
  • With the state’s tremendous variety of terroir and artistry of winemaking approaches, there is a California Sauvignon Blanc for everyone.
  • From ripe, fruit-driven wine to crisp acidity to luscious mouthfeel and oak, there is a California Sauvignon Blanc to suit any taste or occasion.

Industry Points:

  • Due to its price point and food-friendly considerations, California Sauvignon Blanc is an excellent wine for by-the-glass programs.
  • Also due to price point and its appeal for pairing with a wide-variety of foods, California Sauvignon Blanc is a good choice for a tremendous diversity of on-premise locations – from bar & grill settings to fine dining to ethnic restaurants.
  • California Sauvignon Blanc enjoys a small variation in price window (from low to high), for the most part. This makes these wines accessible to a larger proportion of the wine-buying market.
  • Wine buyers and others in this role need to be educated that California Sauvignon Blanc is a great year-round wine and the mentality that it should be “in” by spring and “out” by Labor Day is outdated, ineffective, and inaccurate.
  • Wine consumers must be educated on this as well and this is dependent on educating those that hand-sell California Sauvignon Blanc.
  • California Sauvignon Blanc is not just a “pre-dinner” wine, but an ideal pairing with a wide-range of cuisine.
  • With young people’s wine interest increasing and California Sauvignon Blanc’s friendly price-point and diversity, it can play a role as an “entry-level” wine for this demographic.
  • With the wide-range of styles and profiles of Sauvignon Blanc produced in the state, there is no clear-cut or black and white “California style,” nor should there be. There is too much diversity to effectively “pigeon-hole” the state’s wine.
  • The above creates individual marketing, content development, and partnership opportunities but also requires education and messaging to buyers and consumers.
  • Producers should be encouraged to form creative partnerships and develop content and messaging unique to their wines, while still fitting in with the messages developed here. This can include working with chefs to create dedicated pairings, succinct information on style and flavor profile, suggested pairings, etc. These can be effective in the restaurant, the tasting room, and for sales channel support.
  • Summertime in a Glass is ideally suited to bring this education, form needed partnerships, and develop and promote these messages to both consumers and the wine industry on California Sauvignon Blanc.

California Sauvignon Blanc Symposium – Tuesday, May 19

sym_logo_squareSummertime in a Glass ~ SauvBlanc.org is pleased to host a California Sauvignon Blanc Symposium on Tuesday, May 19 from 10 am to 3 pm at the Martinelli Center in Livermore Valley – 3585 Greenville Rd., Livermore, CA 94550.

The symposium is for industry professionals to come together to discuss issues connected to Sauvignon Blanc in the state including production, sales and marketing, and more. A goal of the event is to generate talking points and other considerations on how best to advocate California’s Sauvignon Blanc. The symposium will allow for considerable interaction and is being kept somewhat intimate in order to facilitate the flow of ideas.

The event will include panel discussions, a technical tasting – led by Summertime in a Glass’ Resident Master Sommelier Catherine Fallis of Planet Grape, breakout group sessions, and opportunities to network. Panelists include Senior Industry Editor of the Somm Journal Deborah Parker Wong, “Sommelier to the Stars” Chris Sawyer, 5th Generation Winemaker of Wente Vineyards Karl Wente, Arroyo Seco AVA President Michael Griva, and President and Winemaker of J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines Jeff Meier.

Space is limited and the event is only open to industry members. Lunch will also be served. Cost is $15/person for Summertime in a Glass members and $30/person for non-members. Please visit our Square store to reserve your spot – https://squareup.com/market/summertime-in-a-glass. If you would like to make other arrangements to RSVP, please email bryan@summertimeinaglass.org. Producers are asked to bring 2 bottles of their current Sauvignon Blanc to share during the final networking hour of the event.

Summertime in a Glass (SIAG) is an advocacy and information group that seeks to promote, educate and entertain wine enthusiasts and the industry itself on the world of Sauvignon Blanc. We strive to do so by being informative, yet never too serious or dogmatic. Wine is fun and social. Sauvignon Blanc is known as a great food wine but many styles also make for great “porch wines.” This all means that it is meant to be shared and enjoyed, not pontificated! www.SauvBlanc.org.

Summertime in a Glass ~ 3826 Kamp St., Pleasanton, CA 94588 ~ www.SauvBlanc.org ~ 510-396-7276

For more information on becoming a Charter Member, please visit:

http://www.sauvblanc.org/membership/

International #SauvBlanc Day – April 24, 2015!

Summertime in a Glass is proud to co-sponsor International #SauvBlanc Day along with event founder, St. Supéry Estate Vineyards & Winery on Friday, April 24, 2015! Here’s our official press release…

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Shot of the beautiful Kick Ranch Vineyard in California’s Sonoma County. Photo courtesy of Kick Ranch.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Date: 4/8/2015
Re: International #SauvBlanc Day, April 24, 2015
From: Summertime in a Glass ~ SauvBlanc.org
SIAG_SBDay2015_v2_600x474Pleasanton, CA – “International #SauvBlanc Day” is set for Friday, April 24. It is an event that seeks to engage the wine industry and enthusiasts in sharing their affinity for the varietal. Summertime in a Glass, an organization dedicated to promoting the grape through education, events, and advocacy, is co-sponsoring the day-long happening. Individuals and wine industry businesses are encouraged to use the hashtag “#SauvBlanc” on social media platforms in order to interact from wherever they are. Tasting events in various locations are also taking place that day.

The event was started six years ago by St. Supéry Estate Vineyards and Winery as a way to engage a wide-ranging audience interested in Sauvignon Blanc. The winery continues to sponsor and champion the event and has worked to expand its scope considerably. Last year, Summertime in a Glass, along with New Zealand Wine, joined St. Supéry in partnering to put on International #SauvBlanc Day.

The popularity and reach of the event has grown significantly over the years. In addition to the social media campaign, several tasting events are taking place in various locations. Wineries, retailers, and others in the industry are being encouraged to become “Sauv Blanc Ambassadors” by putting on their own local activities to celebrate the grape.

“The idea of International #SauvBlanc Day is to connect fans of the grape everywhere,” said Bryan Dias, Executive Director of Summertime in a Glass. “That can mean enjoying a special flight at a winery or joining the social media conversation online by sharing thoughts and ideas about Sauvignon Blanc.”

For those interested in participating online on April 24, individuals can tag posts on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest with “#SauvBlanc.” The hashtag can also be searched and followed on those platforms as way to see what others are saying. People are encouraged to share food pairing ideas, photos relevant to the varietal, favorite memories, and more. Purchasing and enjoying a bottle or two of Sauvignon Blanc and posting photos of the experience, thoughts, and tasting notes is another great way to get involved. Participation ideas, social media feeds, and more can be found at SauvBlancDay.com.

For those in the industry, such as wineries, utilizing the hashtag on social media platforms is an excellent way to expose brands. Offering special tastings, promotions, or vineyard tours on-site is another way to get involved. Engaging guests to participate while they are in the tasting room is also easy and fun way to get the conversation going at a place of business.

Wineries and others that plan to put on activities connected to #SauvBlanc can visit the website SauvBlancDay.com for resources, an event listing form, and more. Individuals can also find events to attend by visiting the site.

Summertime in a Glass Homepage – http://www.SauvBlanc.org

Event Homepage – http://www.SauvBlancDay.com

ABOUT SUMMERTIME IN A GLASS: Summertime in a Glass (SIAG) is an advocacy and information group that seeks to promote, educate, and entertain wine enthusiasts and the industry itself on the world of Sauvignon Blanc. We strive to do so by being informative, yet never too serious or dogmatic. Wine is fun and social. Sauvignon Blanc is known as a great food wine but many styles also make for great “porch wines.” This all means that it is meant to be shared and enjoyed, not pontificated!

Social Media Channels & further information:

http://www.sauvblanc.org/about-us/connect-with-siag/

Contact: media@summertimeinaglass.org or call Bryan Dias at 510-396-7276

SIAG is actively recruiting charter members, giving them a chance to get in on the ground floor and shape the organization. More can be seen at:

http://www.sauvblanc.org/membership/

Membership info: membership@summertimeinaglass.org

SIAG is also looking for contributors interested in providing content such as wine reviews, viticulture and viniculture topics, sales and marketing, tasting/pairing ideas and more. Contributor network guidelines are available upon request.

Please note – our domain has changed to www.SauvBlanc.org (www.SummertimeInAGlass.org still works fine as well.)

Summertime in a Glass on the Wine, Dine and Spirits Show

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Bryan Dias, Executive Director of Summertime in a Glass was recently on the Wine, Dine & Spirits Show in New Orleans talking California Sauvignon Blanc. A radio show hosted by noted broadcaster, wine writer and judge, Tim McNally.

Tim McNally (left) and Bryan Dias (right) talk California Sauvignon Blanc.

Tim McNally (left) and Bryan Dias (right) talk California Sauvignon Blanc.

Bryan and Tim discuss the excellent 2014 Sauvignon Blanc harvest in California and what that means for many wines that will be out on the market in the near future, here in 2015. Bryan also shares three excellent 2013 Sauvignon Blancs from California – all SIAG Members and all available in the local market – the 2013 J Lohr “Flume Crossing” Sauvignon Blanc Arroyo Seco, the 2013 Peterson Winery “Timber Crest Farms” Sauvignon Blanc Dry Creek Valley, and the 2013 Wente Vineyards “Louis Mel” Sauvignon Blanc Livermore Valley. They taste and discuss the wines along with a broader discussion of Sauvignon Blanc and the wine in California.

The show aired on February 4th and took place as a live broadcast from a great local wine shop, Pearl Wine Co. in Mid City, New Orleans. You can hear the podcast here and pictures from the broadcast are below. Bryan comes on around 9 minutes in and is on for about a half hour…

 

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