Joy Sauvignon Blanc

In Dry Creek Valley we found a cool spot down by the frigid river - a perfect place to grow a joyful Sauvignon Blanc - with real flavor!

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.

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.

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Food Pairing ~ Joy Sauvignon Blanc

Good texture and appealing character make our Joy Sauvignon Blanc a treat to pair with foods having the following characteristics. Pair with Chinese, Thai and Japanese foods with strong flavors such as, bell pepper, wasabi, tomato, garlic, etc. Shellfish will pair well as will white fish or cheese, particularly Chèvre and Joy is a perfect pairing with sushi. Here's a few suggestions:

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.
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Cheese Pairing ~ Joy Sauvignon Blanc

Joy Sauvignon Blanc cheese pairing offers many options due to its crisp, refreshing nature with substantial acidity complementing the creamy, nutty, and pungent properties of cheese to create synergies of flavor in which the total is greater than the sum of the parts. Here's a few suggestions:

Joy Sauvignon Blanc is excellent with Cheddar, Gouda, Havarti, Muenster, Parmesan, Swiss and other alpine-style cheeses.
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Serving ~ Joy Sauvignon Blanc

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

Background ~ Joy Sauvignon Blanc

Changing harvest times can produce different characteristics in this green-skinned grape variety depending on its ripeness levels. At its most unripe stage, the grape is high in malic acid with a tart, green-apple flavor. As it progresses further towards ripeness the grape develops red & green pepper flavors and eventually achieves a balance of sugars.

Small nuances of the winemaking process can significantly influence the resulting Sauvignon Blanc wine, for example, prolonged exposure of the skins and juice will sharpen the intensity of the wine or warmer fermentation temperature will cause the mineral flavors to show in the wine while slightly colder temperatures extract out more fruit and tropical flavors.

Oak barrel aging can round out the flavors and soften the naturally high acidity of the grape while using stainless steel will produce a sharp flavor intensity.

Romantic Name ~ Joy Sauvignon Blanc

Joy - the expression great delight or happiness and it 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. In the 18th century the vine was paired with Cabernet Franc to parent the Cabernet Sauvignon vine in Bordeaux.

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