The Many & Ranging Styles of Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc

The Many & Ranging Styles of Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc

Program Materials:

Napa Valley can do A LOT with 30 miles. Despite being a small region, Napa Valley is home to dozens of varieties, but a wide range of styles within a single grape. There may be no greater example of this than Sauvignon Blanc, which can range from steely and mineral-driven to unctuous and waxy. With 50% of the world's soil types, a host of microclimates, and the freedom to utilize winemaking techniques ranging from proprietary, to borrowed from the global wine arena, vintners are afforded the opportunity to experiment and push the boundaries of what Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc is capable of.

Learning Objectives: 

  • Understand the diverse nature of Napa Valley's terroir
  • Identify common Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc aroma components
  • Discern whether AVAs determine wine style
  • Understand how winemakers approach certain techniques in the creation of their wine style


Amanda McCrossin, Sommelier

Amanda McCrossin,


Natalie Bath, Rudd Estate

Natalie Bath,
Rudd Estate

Jonah Beer, Frog's Leap Winery

Jonah Beer,
Frog's Leap Winery

Dan Petroski, Larkmead Vineyards

Dan Petroski,
Larkmead Vineyards

Jenny Wagner, Emmolo Wines

Jenny Wagner,
Emmolo Wines

Andrew Wright, Merryvale Vineyards

Andrew Wright,
Merryvale Vineyards

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