Honig Sauvignon Blanc Brings Magical Refreshment

We could not have asked for a better day to officially kick-off the beginning of Summer this Memorial Day weekend. It was hot, skies were blazing blue..

Oh heck, why not build a patio!

It was just a little corner needing some attention.

We prepped it, had supplies delivered, and started creating our vision.

Thankfully, my partner is an engineer, so he spent a lot of time measuring and leveling.  It’s what engineers do, right?

Stones were placed just so, filled in with rock, supported, and voila! Our project was complete!

We were craving beverages and I pulled out the perfect wine for a sweating-in-the-sun kind of day! The Honig Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc.

Honig Vineyard and Winery is committed to sustainability, using no pesticides or herbicides in their vineyards. They use solar energy at the vineyard.  All with the goal of promoting “health and well-being of the planet, the employees, and the business.” Honig is the German word for honey, and bees do thrive in this clean environment.  Honig has beehives present on the estate where they forage for pollen along the river banks and in cover crops in the vineyard.  The company logo delightfully highlights their commitment to protecting the land and environment with the bee as a symbol.

This wine is made with 95% Sauvignon Blanc grapes, with a portion of the juice sitting on the skins for a few hours to bring out the citrus component of the juice.  Ten percent of the wine is put in neutral oak barrels simply to round out the palate, not to impart any oak flavor.  The rest is aged in stainless steel tanks to promote the bright, fresh fruit flavors.

The aromas are light, perhaps due to the ultra-chill temperature at which it was poured.  Mineral, grassy notes are supported by bright citrus.

The front palate is filled with ripe tropical fruits–mango, passion fruit–and peach.  The mid-palate is rich and moves to flavors of melon and a little zing of white pepper.  The bees make their presence known with a hint of honey on the finish and a bright lemon note that lingers.  Bright acidity makes this oh so refreshing.

The patio was complete and we were hot and exhausted. But after a glass of this wine, we felt magically revived on our newly built patio!

And this Sauvignon Blanc paired great with our cheeses, olives and fresh, locally-grown salad at the end of the day.

Was there a little bit of magic in this brilliant wine?  I think so!

Magical refreshment on a hot day!;
Accompanying any outdoor project;
A wine drinker who enjoys Sauvignon Blanc without a lot of grapefruit notes.

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