AG Pick: Avia Sauvignon Blanc 2011

Introducing the Sauvignon Blanc you’ll enjoy drinking all summer long: the 2011 Avia Sauvignon Blanc.

One taste and you’d never guess the country where it comes from: Slovenia. Yes, the small European country bordered by Italy, Austria and Croatia is producing some exciting wines that are now available in the United States.

Avia Sauvignon BlancPronounced ahh-vee-ahh, this wine is grown and produced just over the eastern Italian border in a region called Goriška Brda. It’s an area of low rounded hills (brda means hills in Slovenian), with a Mediterranean climate and a winemaking tradition that is several centuries old.

One look at the colorful label and you’ll see that this is meant to be a fun wine. Easy to drink and with flavors that are more fruit-driven than grassy, the Avia Sauvignon Blanc is a crowd-pleasing wine.

Aromas of citrus and tropical fruit introduce flavors of pineapple, Meyer lemon and white grapefruit, with a hint of lemongrass. The wine is well-balanced and soft in the mouth, with gentle acidity and a clean finish.

Costing less than $10 a bottle, the Avia Sauvignon Blanc is affordable and versatile. It’s a wine you won’t feel guilty about opening on a weeknight; it can be enjoyed with friends, outdoors on a warm day, on its own or with food. Serve the Avia Sauvignon Blanc as an aperitif or with salads, shellfish, white fish or poultry.

Interested in other wines from Slovenia? Click here to read about wines from Colliano.

$9, 13% alcohol by volume

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