Britain's most popular white varietal leaves me, for the most part, cold.
Part of a recent judging panel, I tasted 13 Sauvignon Blancs in a row, and could find only one with a remotely pleasant flavour. Is it just me?
I do get it though.
You want cold, refreshing, zingy wine with plenty of flavour, and no matter how much wine writers (& myself) try to convince you that THIS is the year of Riesling, you can't find it in your heart to love it.
That's where groovy "GruVe", Austrian Grüner Veltliner comes into play.
Mineral enough to please a wine writer, but fun, approachable and great with spring food.
This is example from Waitrose has a silver medal from International Wine Challenge. It will have been blind tasted by at least 2 different panels of 5 wine experts before a final judgement by some of the UK's most respected wine critics.
Currently reduced to £7.99 at Waitrose, it's a great chance to try this varietal if you've not yet had the pleasure. At full price, I might choose my favourite GruVe below.
Single Estate, family made wine, make it's acquaintance and never look at Sauvignon Blanc the same way again.
class, I'm afraid my tasting note is limited to just a few words, 2 of which are "bloody amazing". But then, it was Christmas Day when I drunk it.
If you're already a GruVe concert, try it and see what spending just £10.95 will get you. It's a definite winner, and my groovy kind of love.