Joy Sauvignon Blanc

It’s a summer afternoon and we are all feeling like some cool seafood - oysters, scallops, crab, clams, lobster, prawns - any shellfish with zingy flavors or a citrus or garlic marinade or dressing like big fat garlicky prawns . . . mmmm.

Crisp and elegant this light gold Sauvignon Blanc has the illusion of citrus and passion-fruit on the nose finishing with a lingering soft, dry melon on the palate.

Joy is a delicate, dry white wine which we first produced in 2007. The wine surprised everyone by having slightly warm climate attributes such as guava, passionfruit and grapefruit on the nose with very subtle hints of green apple, pear, pineapple and melon in the palate all carried by a refreshing, slightly earthy finish.

  • Serving Temperature: 45°F- 50°F
  • Glass Type: Riedel - White
  • Decant: No
  • Age: Up to 3 years
  • Pronunciation: saw vee nyon blahnk

Sauvignon Blanc is known for making crisp, acid-driven varietal wine with minerality and robust citrus flavors. While many grapes benefit from being stressed, with minimal nutrients or water, many feel that Sauvignon Blanc’s character does better on a more fertile soil, like Dry Creek Valley’s Yolo loam.

Eons of flooding to the Dry Creek Valley floor resulted in deep, well-draining, mineral-rich sedimentary soils that impart distinctive flavors to our Sauvignon Blanc grapes which thrive in Dry Creek Valley thanks to its notable diurnal temperature variation–it loves a lot of sun, but develops the most complexity when night temperatures drop significantly.

In the cooler pockets of Dry Creek Valley, the grape will show more balance, and less muscular herbal tones. The cooling influence from the appellation’s proximity to the Pacific Ocean and the nearby Russian River Valley help ensure even ripening conditions year to year.

Good texture and appealing character make our Joy Sauvignon Blanc a treat to pair with food types like Chinese, Thai and Japanese. Shellfish will pair well as will white fish or cheese, particularly Chèvre and Joy is a perfect pairing with sushi.

Joy is great with recipes that contain basil, coriander, rocket and especially mint. Salads with goat cheese and feta, asparagus, avocado or grilled red peppers, fresh tomato salads or salads with fennel, mango or papaya are all great with Joy. Avoid dishes with creamy sauces or cooked tomato or dark savory sauces.

Joy ~ great delight or happiness - truly is a joyous wine to be enjoyed in the summer sun. Joy was also chosen by Bill as the name of this tall blond wine to honor Dawn's tall, blond mother, Joy.

Sauvignon Blanc - from the French words sauvage ("wild") and blanc ("white") due to its early origins as an indigenous grape in South West France, particularly the Loire Valley and Bordeaux Regions.

Aniseed Myrtle Marinated Feta

Aniseed Myrtle Marinated Feta

Aniseed Myrtle adds a wonderful depth of flavor to salty feta cheese. Add this to salads, stuffed artichokes or eggplant, pasta dishes or simply on a charcuterie board.

Asian Influenced Seared Salmon

Asian Influenced Seared Salmon

Salmon is one of the healthiest foods you can eat as it contains omega-3 fatty acids, protein, vitamins, and minerals and some studies suggest it may help reduce the chance of developing heart disease and Alzheimers. Salmon is easy to prepare, Its mild, sweet flavor and smooth, buttery texture of salmon make it easy to eat often so marinades and glazes will give salmon dishes diversity.

Asian Noodle Bowl

Asian Noodle Bowl

Discover this tasty and easy to prepare Asian noodle recipe that pairs so nicely with our Joy Sauvignon Blanc.

Asparagus & Crab Salad

Asparagus & Crab Salad

Asparagus is practically equivalent to springtime so we have crafted a salad out of the bright green stalk topped with jumbo lump crab meat, tarragon vinaigrette and a sprinkle of Herbie’s Aleppo Pepper for extra zest.

Aussie Seafood Salad

Aussie Seafood Salad

This dish is what Australian summers are all about ... great flavor, great seafood, simple and fresh. You will love this as much as we do.

Avocado & Truffle Salt Soup Shots

Avocado & Truffle Salt Soup Shots

Simple, easy and delicious this Vegan soup is just the perfect starter for a summer meal paired with any of our chilled white wines.

Bacon Wrapped Scallops

Bacon Wrapped Scallops

Bacon Wrapped Scallops, tender, juicy perfection; elegant enough for a dinner party or a romantic dinner for two and easy to prepare in the oven or Air Fryer.

Beurre Blanc Sauce with VerJus

Beurre Blanc Sauce with VerJus

Beurre blanc, or white butter, is a classic and delicious French wine and butter sauce. Versatile and simple to make, beurre blanc has a light texture and rich flavor that goes great with different types of seafood. A fantastic sauce to really dress up shrimp, seared scallops, pork or roasted chicken.

Blue Crab & Apple Salad

Blue Crab & Apple Salad

This is very simple to make but still an impressive starter. You could also serve on little fingers of toast, wonton shells or in little gem lettuce cups for tasty canapes.

Broccoli Cheddar Soup

Broccoli Cheddar Soup

For hearty and cheesy comfort food we decided to create a mouth watering, I-want-more, broccoli cheddar soup.

Chicken Stirred Noodles

Chicken Stirred Noodles

A delicious Asian-inspired chicken with fresh ginger carrot and broccoli, flavored with sesame oil.

Chili Lime Shrimp

Chili Lime Shrimp

The bright, tart flavor of freshly squeezed lime juice balances the heat of the chili powder in the rich sauce that coats these shrimp.

Crab & Prosciutto Pasta

Crab & Prosciutto Pasta

A simple and easy crab and pasta dish. You can use fresh or frozen lump crab meat and either way it will be delicious!

Creole Crab Sliders

Creole Crab Sliders

You can never go wrong with slider of any kind. To top it all off, this slider is made with delicious crab and it is extremely simple to make, what more could you want!

Curried Chicken Salad in Phyllo Cups

Curried Chicken Salad in Phyllo Cups

These little flavor-packed curried chicken salad phyllo cups are full of mango chutney, curry mix with whole seeds and spices as well as chives and scallions for a little extra flavor - Wow - What an easy appetizer to get the party popping!   

Frittata of Asparagus & Smoked Salmon

Frittata of Asparagus & Smoked Salmon

A frittata is an egg-based dish similar to an omelette or quiche, enriched with additional ingredients and sliced to serve guests. It may be served hot or cold, accompanied by fresh salads, bread, beans, olives, etc.

Guacamole

Guacamole

Guacamole is an avocado-based sauce that originated with the Aztecs which has become part of modern cuisine as a dip, condiment and salad ingredient.

Honeydew Melon Shooter

Honeydew Melon Shooter

This heavenly, Honeydew Melon Shooter looks just as good as it tastes. The refreshing flavors of melon, served with slices of smoked salmon is truly a match made in heaven.

Lamb Meatball Snacks

Lamb Meatball Snacks

These lamb meatballs are a great alternative to regular beef meatballs. Serve at cocktail parties as they will always be a hit or just make up a batch to eat while watching the game. This recipe is a quick and easy to make and keeping them small stops any "game" flavor some people might find in other lamb dishes.

Mediterranean Fillo Triangles

Mediterranean Fillo Triangles

Surprise your special someone with a dinner of just appetizers. This is how they regularly eat in Spain (they call the dishes tapas). For dinner you have little plates of lots of different kinds of foods. Everything is just one or two bites and you share. Break out a bottle of wine and have some fun with it.

New Orleans Style Seafood Gumbo

New Orleans Style Seafood Gumbo

Gumbo is a classic Cajun communal stew, traditionally made just after Christmas. Chef Tommy has made gumbo a daily favorite by combining Herbie's Cajun Spice Mix with fresh seafood ingredients and serving it with our *Joy* Sauvignon Blanc.

Oven Camembert with Grapes and Rosemary

Oven Camembert with Grapes and Rosemary

This will make a great appetizer or a fine main dish for a warm summer evening. Perfect with a chilled Sauvignon Blanc or a glass of bubbly Fizz the recipe uses our Cheese Club Champignon Camembert, delicious!

Pad Thai

Pad Thai

Pad Thai is stir-fry dish made with rice noodles, peanuts, a scrambled egg and bean sprouts. The ingredients are sautéed together in a wok and tossed in a delicious Pad Thai sauce. Shrimp, chicken, or tofu, can be incorporated as desired.

Paella

Paella

Paella is currently an internationally-known rice dish from Spain. It originated in the fields of a region called Valencia in eastern Spain. From its beginnings, Paella has been a dish that gathers families and friends, or entire towns to celebrate events. Paella is a dish for festivities.

Pear Crisp

Pear Crisp

This pear crisp tops all desserts. It's packed full of pears, honey, and fragrant sweet spices with the most amazing browned butter topping.

Pork Dumpling Joy

Pork Dumpling Joy

Our version of the traditional shiu mai dumpling, simple and delicious, these tasty treats make a perfect appetizer or you can serve them as a main dish

Salmon or Trout Fillet Salad

Salmon or Trout Fillet Salad

This makes a perfect summer entree or light lunch. Using our Aussie Fish Seasoning is a great way of bringing subtle highlights of flavour without overpowering a good quality fish such as salmon or trout.

Salmon Roasted with Smoked Paprika Glaze

Salmon Roasted with Smoked Paprika Glaze

In this recipe we roast salmon instead of grilling it. This method is really simple and produces a moist and flavorful fish. A smoky and sweet glaze complements the salmon fillets.

Sautéed Sea Scallops with Joy Butter Sauce

Sautéed Sea Scallops with Joy Butter Sauce

This is a very elegant entrée for serving at a dinner party or just a night at home. Scallops have a wonderful buttery flavor. The sauce contains butter and wine which complements the dish and wine nicely.

Seared Scallops, Miso Sauce & Crispy Nori

Seared Scallops, Miso Sauce & Crispy Nori

For an special dinner sea scallops that are fast and easy to cook. Here we've coated the scallops in Furikake, a dry Japanese seasoning and created a tasty sauce with miso, mirin, sesame oil, and honey.

Seeded Savory Cookies

Seeded Savory Cookies

Seeded Savory Cookies are a time-honored classic, this cookie is reminiscent of Sunday afternoons spent over tea at Grandma’s table.

Sumac Chicken Drumettes

Sumac Chicken Drumettes

This is a simple to prepare, delicious Sumac chicken recipe which your family and friends will enjoy.

Swordfish Bok Choy

Swordfish Bok Choy

Grilling brings out the sweetness of bok choy, making it a terrific match for swordfish steaks. This is a easy dish to prepare and will provide plenty of filling yet healthy food to pair with our Chardonnay, Roussanne or Sauvignon Blanc..

Tempeh Quinoa Gumbo

Tempeh Quinoa Gumbo

A warm and hearty take on chicken soup for the gluten-free vegetarian, lifted with the addition of Herbie's Cajun Spice Mix and mellowed when you enjoy it with *Joy* Sauvignon Blanc *(also vegetarian)*

Tempura Shrimp and Vegetables with Sumac Aioli

Tempura Shrimp and Vegetables with Sumac Aioli

A great recipe for light and crispy Shrimp Tempura with assorted vegetables and Sumac, a dark purple Middle Eastern spice with a delicious, fruity, lemon-like tang. Easy and fun to make and enjoy with a bottle of Joy Sauvignon Blanc.

Thai Green Curry

Thai Green Curry

Thai Green Curry is a perfect dish for fish but can also be made using chicken leftovers as well as the remainder of the Sauvignon Blanc or Chardonnay that you did not drink last night.

Thai Spiced Shrimp

Thai Spiced Shrimp

This succulent shrimp dish is quick to make with a surprisingly refreshing flavor.

Thai Stuffed Chicken Breast & Slaw

Thai Stuffed Chicken Breast & Slaw

The flavors in this dish are wonderful and justify the extra ingredients and time to make. The flavors are unique and give the impression of gourmet rather than comfort food and even though the recipe did not originate in Thailand, it captures the essence of Thai cuisine.

Toasted Mallow Fluff Lemon Bars

Toasted Mallow Fluff Lemon Bars

Sometimes, a light dessert is something that we all need. These bite size and unique lemon bars make the perfect ending to any meal!

Tuna Salad - Sweet Spicy Savory

Tuna Salad - Sweet Spicy Savory

Hi Bill and Dawn, - I have been creating different recipes with your wonderful jams and mustard. I thought you might like this fast, easy and delicious tuna salad recipe. - :) Janice C.

Wednesday Fried Rice

Wednesday Fried Rice

We have always loved fried rice and could eat an entire bowl of this rice along with a bottle of Joy Sauvignon Blanc.

DawnzNutz

DawnzNutz

A sensational blend of almonds, hazelnuts, cumin and coriander!

Ballerina Goat Gouda

Ballerina Goat Gouda

This Ballerina Goat Gouda is a fabulous cheese unlike any other style of aged goat cheese. The sharp, salty flavors wrapped up with the extra tang of the goat’s milk works perfectly with our *Joy* Sauvignon Blanc.

Blu del Monviso

Blu del Monviso

This mild Italian blue cheese Blu del Monviso with a distinct taste and creamy texture is perfect paired with both white and red wines selected from our cellar.

Grossetano

Grossetano

Grossetano pure buffalo milk cheese is for an adventuresome palate. There’s an intriguing wildness to it that one can’t quite define. It is salty but not too salty, concentrated but not strong, with a tangy finish and a pleasant aftertaste.

HoneyBee Goat Gouda

HoneyBee Goat Gouda

Chèvre Gouda HoneyBee is made in the Netherlands from pasteurized goat's milk, with a drizzle of honey added to the pure goat milk producing a cashew-like nutty sweetness.

La Bufala Nera

La Bufala Nera

Mozzarella is one of the most renowned Italian cheeses. What sets this stretched curd cheese apart is that it is made from buffalo milk.

Manchego

Manchego

Manchego is Spain’s best known cheese.

Noord Hollander

Noord Hollander

An extra-aged, four year-old Gouda with a rich butterscotch color and similar notes of flavor.

Pecorino Il Crudo

Pecorino Il Crudo

Il Crudo is a Tuscan pecorino made following an ancient recipe. The milk comes exclusively from the producer’s freely grazing animals and is used raw at a temperature that never exceeds 40°C, so as to fully preserve the aromas and flavors of the pasture.

Petite Mustard Brie

Petite Mustard Brie

Petite Mustard is the perfect balance of hints of hazelnut, punches of mustard seeds, and buttery goodness

Pierce Point

Pierce Point

This is a seasonal cheese, made in the fall from organic whole milk, washed in an organic white wine then rolled in dried herbs. Covered with field flowers, calendula, chamomile and Thai basil, the result is a delicious cheese, semi-firm, creamy and comp

Aleppo Chili Pepper

Aleppo Chili Pepper

Aleppo Pepper is a highly desirable variety of chili, popular for its warm, fruity flavor and mild chili bite.

Fennel Pollen

Fennel Pollen

When you add a dash to any dish, you transform the ordinary into extraordinary.

Peppercorns Pink

Peppercorns Pink

Fruity, sweet, and soft, these Brazilian pink peppercorns are a delight.