Good Wine for $20 or Less: St. Supéry Sauvignon Blanc
St. Supéry Estate Sauvignon Blanc 2015 ($18)
This is one of my favorite sauvignon blancs. Like ever. Pour a glass and you’ll see this fabulous pale yellow with a hint of green. Taste it and instantly you’ll get grapefruit, lemon, and lime. It’s so refreshing you could have it for breakfast.
That’s actually how I tried it for the first time. I had the pleasure of visiting St. Supéry Estate Vineyards & Winery on my very first trip out to Napa Valley. At 10 a.m., the winery CEO, Emma Swain, handed me a glass of their sauvignon blanc, and I was hooked. Wheaties be gone! This was the breakfast of champions.
With spring in the air, I can’t help but start craving it again. I often drink it on its own, preferably poolside. But it pairs beautifully with everything from fried calamari to that healthy spinach salad with goat cheese. I always have a few bottles of this wine on hand, especially in the summer, and I can almost guarantee that this will be the first glass I pour for anyone who visits my home over the next few months.
Late last year, the global fashion house Chanel, Inc. recently purchased the winery, but the management and winemaking team remain intact, so no worries. Anyway, Chanel is no a stranger to wine. It actually owns two Bordeaux châteaux, though this is its first purchase in the U.S. — quite a nod to St. Supéry.
And it makes me love the wine even more, because it’s now the closest I’ll ever come to owning Chanel.
(Each week, I’ll present another wine. Please let me know what you think, and don’t hesitate to offer other recommendations — your price cap is $20, though.)
Tracy Byrnes is a recovering Fox Business anchor and reporter who fell in love with the wine world and who writes that "I truly believe that the world would be a happier place if we all drank more wine." She covers wine regularly at http://www.wineonthestreet.com.