“As I glance at the magazine article one last time, I see a name on the list that I know I can lay my hands on and is usually quite good; HONIG! Maybe the universe is trying to tell me something. Maybe I should listen. NAH! Shake off that disappointment and get in there and try again. You never know!”
Those were my parting words from my post “So, Have You Ever Been Disappointed?” Like that final comment, I did go out and pick up that bottle of Honig Sauvignon Blanc 2018. Not one to be stopped or hindered by such a small item as a wine not being available (of course that was still after wiping a few tears from my cheek), it was back on the horse and gallop into the future. For the record, I’ve never been on a horse.
In retrospect, I’m so glad I decided to continue on my trek to find great wines, and in this case, great Sauvignon Blanc. Not surprising that Honig would be right up there among the favorites. After all, the winery started with Sauv Blanc in 1980 then onto Cabernet. That has to make them one of the oldest producers of Sauv Blanc in California (while not verified, it’s Don approved). While they do use some other grapes in the wines, they still only produce the two varietal wines.
I did plan a meal around the wine, and while they both held their own separately, as a pairing, it was just okay. I had this recipe I was dying to try “Tuscan Beans with Shrimp.” I figured shrimp with a good white wine, what could be bad about that? Again, nothing terrible, but with the addition of some diced tomatoes to the mix, it was a little too rustic a dish. I did add some lemon zest and juice to the recipe, it helped but still the wine was a little too fruit-driven for the spread.
Food aside, the wine was beautiful. Starting with tropical fruit aromas that made me think of laying on the beach in sunny Hawaii, then moving those same notes as the wine moved along the canvas of my tongue painting additional nuances of stone fruit and crisp acidity that lingers till the finish. This is a wine I am sure to revisit.
While this wine is not produced in the same manner as those that I longed for in my previous post (100% Stainless Steel fermentation versus some to all oak), it managed to help lift my spirits, dust myself off, and “try again.” Also, they do make a Reserve Sauv Blanc that does see some oak. Maybe I’ll have to plan one of my wine safaris to see if I can locate it.
If you’re a Sauv Blanc lover like me, I think you’ll love this wine for all that it brings and, who knows, it might even brighten your day a little as well.