Smith Story | Sauvignon Blanc
Like California, France, and New Zealand had a baby
Easily a favorite Sauvignon Blanc from California – and beyond. Husband and wife team, Ali and Eric Story, have been our wine-biz muse and winemaker crush for a while now. Their style is so in tune with this grape variety's potential – they have managed to make a Sauv Blanc that captures three regions in the same glass: California (bursting with fruit), France (more minerality and earthiness), and New Zealand (tropical fruit and tart, mouth puckering, thirst-quenching acidity). This Sauv Blanc is the fastest travel around the world – satisfyingly complete.
Our Best Advice
Measure all other Sauv Blancs against this one
Ali and Eric love to cook and are damn good at it. It’s best to share a recipe for this Sauv Blanc – it’ll likely inspire other ideas once you see how well these ingredients pair. We teamed up with our friend @whatannieseating who developed a delicious recipe. Learn more about it below! **** CREAMY SPRING PASTA WITH LEEKS, ZUCCHINI, & LEMON This simple pasta recipe leans on leeks, squash, and lemon. Grated zucchini cooks down with aromatics until soft, and turns into a sauce with starchy pasta water, lemon, and goat cheese. Light and creamy, this dish pairs well with the clean and crisp flavors in Smith Story’s Sauvignon Blanc. Bring it all together with grated parm, fresh herbs, and more lemon wedges for serving. Click for the full recipe
Founder Christine met Ali in the wine business in Austin, TX in the early 2000s. At the time, Ali had started one of the first female-founded wine brokerage companies in the business. She specialized in wines from all over the world: France, Argentina, California, and sake from Japan (which started Christine’s obsession with sake, but that’s a different story). Ali met her now husband, Eric, then the buyer for K & L Wines, and a Bay-area authority in wine retail. In 2014 they launched a Kickstarter for their winery and were fully funded in 30 days. Later that year, along with their dear Goldendoodle, Lord Sandwich, Ali founded a non-profit Socks For Sandwich, which donates new socks to those in need. Smith Story Wines are made with respect for the land, kindness for the grower and, love from the winemaker. Each vineyard they work with is family-owned. Their wines are classic, showcasing what these grapes can taste like if well-crafted. Also, Ali and Eric do everything, literally everything, themselves from winemaking to running the tasting room, wine club, and sales. True triple threats and really good people.