The Lowdown: 2011 La Sauvignon Touraine

WA’s Lowdown is designed to teach you all and everything about the delicious vino we feature in our monthly membership boxes.   Today, we give you a look at the 2011 La Sauvignon Touraine, a French white from the valley of the classics.


The Nitty Gritty

Home: Loire Valley, France

Variety: Sauvignon Blanc

Vintage: 2011

Occasion: Amateur birdwatching

Best Paired with: Chicken Caesar Salad Pizza

Rock out to: Françoise Hardy- La Maison où J’ai Grandi


 The Tasting Notes

Meet the Queen of the Loire Valley. She rules from a tart, grassy throne in a palace built of minerals. While Sancerre may have one of the most recognizable seals, it is in the realm of Touraine that the Queen truly roams. From the vines she bestows gifts upon all her willing subjects: comforting pink grapefruit upon smooth wet rocks, all with a greenish streak. Lo, the benevolent Queen cometh! All hail, La Sauvignon.

Nose: Slightly sweet citrus and grass clippings by the bank of a brook

Palate: Freshly rooted in minerals, medium-bodied with racy acidity


The Perfect Pairing

Chicken Caesar Salad Pizza, courtesy of

1 pizza dough
1⁄4-1⁄2 cup grated parmesan cheese (the real stuff)
8 ounces monterey jack cheese, grated
16 ounces creamy caesar salad dressing
8 ounces boneless chicken breasts
2 roma tomatoes, diced
3 garlic cloves, minced
4 green onions, sliced
2 heads romaine lettuce, torn into pieces

Preheat oven to 500º.
Cut chicken into chunks and stir fry with 1-2 Tablespoons of dressing.
Add one clove garlic to pan and stir.
Prepare dough on pizza pan or stone.
Brush dough with olive oil.
Spread 1/2 cup salad dressing over crust.
Top with remaining clove garlic, spread evenly.
Sprinkle parmesan over crust to lightly cover.
Put 1/2 jack cheese on top.
Chop chicken into small pieces and place on top.
Top with remaining Jack cheese and more Parmesan, if desired.
Bake 10 minutes or until golden brown and bubbly.
Meanwhile, Toss tomatoes, lettuce and green onions in large bowl.
Mix with additional salad dressing.
Serve each pizza slice with a serving of caesar salad on top!


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