Rodney Strong Sauvignon Blanc; Yes, It’s Still Summer

My summer grasses are putting on their fall plumage, and my daisies have given up their brilliant white petals for dried seed heads. My cone flowers, still standing tall, are fading from bright pink to brown.


Yes, it’s still summer, but the signs of its end are unmistakable.

And yet, the cicadas are still buzzing and my basil plants, leaves as big as my palm, are still growing.


And the sun shines its brilliant rays through my chilled glass of Sauvignon Blanc.


This Rodney Strong Charlotte’s Home Sauvignon Blanc comes from Sonoma County.


Some of the fruit is from the Russian River Valley where it is cooled by ocean fogs contributing to that oh so refreshing acidity.  More fruit is sourced from the warmer Alexander Valley which drives ripe fruit notes.

The Rodney Strong Sauvignon Blanc vineyard was established in 1971 and was named Charlotte’s Home in honor of Rod Strong’s wife.The winery is solar powered, certified sustainable and is Sonoma County’s first carbon neutral winery.

One hundred percent Sauvignon Blanc grapes are used in production with 90% cold fermented in stainless steel tanks and 10% fermented in French oak barrels to add some richness.


This Sauvignon Blanc pours crystal clear, perfect for catching the sunlight! Aromas are a mix of wet stone supported by tropical fruits.


A plush mouthfeel holds stone fruit and pineapple flavors with lemon, lime and hints of minerality balancing the richness.  The finish wraps up with lemon peel and more tropical fruits, showing zesty acidity.

We drank this Sauvignon Blanc along with a selection of salsas, knowing the acidity of the tomatoes would be fairly matched with the acidity of the wine.  Some of the salsa provided some heat which was tamed by the riper fruits in the wine.


We relaxed in the shade, feet up in the chairs, and savored our salsas made with ripe homegrown summer tomatoes and fresh herbs.


This glass of Sauvignon Blanc, illuminated by sunlight, allowed us to slow down and savor some of these last moments of summer.



Soaking up the sun’s rays;

Pairing with a plethora of salsas;

A wine drinker who enjoys a California Sauvignon Blanc with a balance of ripe fruits and lively acidity.

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2 comments to “Rodney Strong Sauvignon Blanc; Yes, It’s Still Summer”

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  1. Barb Hokel - Sep 01, 2016 Reply

    You write so eloquently!

    • - Sep 20, 2016 Reply

      Barb thanks so much for the complement! I am new to WordPress and just now saw your comment from Sept. 1st!

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