Sauvignon Blanc’s spiritual home is in the Loire Valley—not so long ago Pouilly-Fumé was the world’s textbook for what Sauvignon Blanc should look and taste like. Mineral-edged with high citrus flavors of lemon, lime and grapefruit—traits also shared by Pouilly-Fumé’s more esoteric and cerebral neighbor, Sancerre.
Then New Zealand came along—with its brash herbs and wicked mix of tropical and citrus flavors—more or less snatching the popularity crown from the French and putting the word “Marlborough” on the lips of the white wine drinking world.
But watch out for cooler sites in Washington. We will probably never be as popular as those other regions, but we could be as excellent.