Le Jaja de Jau Sauvignon Blanc

Le Jaja de Jau Sauvignon BlancWe’ve all ears a lot of our sauvignon blanc reviews on Chile and also had a few from California and New Zealand.  But we shouldn’t forget about France, and so today we’re checking out a French sauvignon blanc.
This wine is called Le Jaja de Jau and is produced by Château de Jau in southern France.  ”Jaja” is a colloquialism used in that province to describe everyday wines.  I don’t know much French, let alone their colloquialisms, so I’m not personally familiar with the term.  Nonetheless, the full name translates to mean “the everyday wine from Jau.”
You may notice that on the mark it also says, “Ben.”  This is because Le Jaja de Jau was established as an association of the artist, Benjamin Vauthier, who designed the mark, and the winemaker Estelle Dauré. Read more

G.H. von Mumm 50° Riesling Trocken

G.H. von Mumm 50° Riesling TrockenWith terms like spatlese, kabinett, auslese, trocken, halbtrocken, combinations of those terms and more, there is a certain learning curve to understanding German riesling — or German wines in general.  And those terms all represent different styles of riesling.  Being “into riesling” isn’t as simple as being “into cabernet sauvignon” where you can pretty much leave it at that (although some wine nerds will push you for a style there too).  If you like riesling you have a plethora of styles to choose from.  You may like all of them, or you may have a preference for a specific style.  All regions that grow riesling can do different styles, but with Germany you get a consistent taxonomy to the names.  Therefore, while there is a learning curve at first, it can help you consistently pick the wines you’re more liable to delight in.
This riesling from G.H von Mumm is a trocken, which means it’s a dry style.  And this one is bone dry!
The 50° allusion in the name comes from the location of the vineyards where the grapes for this wine are grown.  It’s from the Rheingau province and the 50th degree of latitude runs through the center of the province. Read more