Category: Sauvignon Blanc

Sauvignon blanc (So-vee-nyon Blah)  is a green-skinned grape variety that originates from the Bordeaux region of France. The grape most likely gets its name from the French words sauvage(“wild”) and blanc (“white”) due to its early origins as an indigenous grape in South West France.

Depending on the climate, the flavor can range from aggressively grassy to sweetly tropical. In cooler climates, the grape has a tendency to produce wines with noticeable acidity and “green flavors” of grass, green bell peppers and nettles with some tropical fruit (such as passion fruit) and floral (such as elderflower) notes. In warmer climates, it can develop more tropical fruit notes but risk losing a lot of aromatics from over-ripeness, leaving only slight grapefruit and tree fruit (such as peach) notes.

Food pairings: seafood, chicken, salads.

District: New Zealand produces some excellent Sauvignon Blancs. Some Australian Sauvignon Blancs, grown in warmer areas, tends to be flat and lack fruit qualities. It is also grown extensively in the upper Loire valley(France) where it is made as a varietal wine.