Barnard Griffin Fumé Blanc 2015 – $12.99
In 1968 Robert Mondavi changed the style of his Sauvignon Blanc from fruity to dry. He called the new wine Fumé Blanc, after the great French region of Pouilly-Fumé, and its signature grape Sauvignon Blanc. Fumé translates to “smoke,” referring perhaps to the smokey fog that covers the Loire River Valley in the morning, or to the smokey grey color of the mature grapes, or maybe to the smokey flavors of the wine. Whichever meaning you prefer, the Barnard Griffin Fumé Blanc is a lovely example, full of lemons, yellow apples, minerals, and of course, smoke.