You see, back in the 1960’s Sauvignon Blanc didn’t have a lot of street cred. The American versions of the wine at that time were on the sweet side and less than exciting for most people. So Robert Mondavi (we ALL know that name, right?) took the initiative to visit France to see how they created their Sauvignon Blanc. He visited the regions of Loire Valley Sancerre and also the Pouilly-Fumé region whose Sauvignon Blanc at that time was called “Blanc Fumé.”
Never heard of Grüner Veltliner (pronounced Grooner Velt-leener)? Neither had I until last year when a dear friend of mine in NYC recommended I try it as an exotic alternative to dry Riesling or Sauv Blanc. I’m so glad she did because it has quickly become one of my favorite white wines – when I can find it.
It was only about a month ago that I was half paying attention and grabbed a bottle labeled “Pinot Grigio” without noticing it came from a winery in Napa, and I was horrified when I opened the bottle.