Go Fumé Blanc!

by Cynthia Sin-Yi Cheng
October 11, 2007

K & D Wines & Spirits
1366 Madison Ave
(95th & 96th Sts)
New York, NY 10128

What is Fumé Blanc?

Just because the bottle doesn’t specify “Sauvignon Blanc,” don’t be thrown off. The term Fumé Blanc was coined by Robert Mondavi in 1968 as a marketing strategy to give some foreign allure to the then-unpopular white grape. Today, this wine style is lost in a sea of diverse examples, some oaked others not, causing quite a bit of confusion among consumers.

Dry Creek Vineyard’s Fumé Blanc ($12), an understated and crisp white with beautiful acidity that lingers, has long been a benchmark in indigenous California-style Sauvignon Blancs.

Bravo for Dry Creek for upholding the legacy of their Fumé Blanc and sticking with this old-fashioned name.


Comments (1)

Kim Wallace

Oct 12, 04:21 PM

Thanks for the kudos—Long live Fume Blanc!

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