I am trying to solve the "wife who loves wine instead of beer" problem. She would normally choose a Sauvignon blanc for herself but that's just no fun for the beer-drinking / making husband. My goal is to create a beer that draws parallels in her mind to the wine style without struggling to reproduce wine in beer form.
Here are some of the characteristics that I'm striving for as they match her purchasing history of largely North American wines (quoting Wikipedia):
The New Zealand influenced-Sauvignon blanc have more tropical fruit undertones with citrus and passion fruit notes. The Mondavi-influenced Fumé Blanc are more round with melon notes.
Obviously, bitterness is quite low in these wines.
Again, I'm not trying to create a beer that pretends to be wine but it's an interesting challenge to try to create a parallel and potential replacement.
What is the best recipe to create such a parallel?
EDIT for clarification to call out some specific characteristics that are similar to Sauvignon blanc:
- The desired recipe would produce a dry end-product.
- The aroma and taste would include subtle hints of fruit (suggestions above).
- Bitterness should be low.
E.g., one of the answers contains a suggestion of a specific hop that can produce Sauvignon blanc-like characteristics.